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Sept. 6, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Reese Butler, founder and CEO of the Kristen Brooks Hope Center and the National Hopeline Network (1-800-SUICIDE), will give the keynote address at the Alive! Mental Health Fair at Viterbo University Thursday, Sept. 22. 

Butler lost his wife Kristen Brooks to suicide in 1998. Since that tragedy, Butler has become a nationally known advocate for suicide prevention. In addition to the Kristen Brooks Hope Center and National Hopeline Network, he has launched the National Council for Suicide Prevention, the California Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network, and the Virginia Suicide Prevention Council. 

The event is free and open to the public. Community members and those who work in or are interested in the mental health field are invited to attend. The schedule: 

  • Noon–2 p.m. Resource Fair, Graffiti Art Therapy Exhibit, and PostSecret Exhibit – outside the Fine Arts Center and Reinhart Center. 
  • 1 p.m. 4:48 Psychosis, performed by members of the Viterbo theatre department – Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • 2 p.m. A Reason to Live documentary followed by a question and answer panel – Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • 3:30 p.m. Keynote address with Question/Persuade/Refer training with Reese Butler – Fine Arts Center Lobby.  
  • 4:30 p.m. Bullied documentary – Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Question/Persuade/Refer training  – Reinhart Center 127. 

Exhibitors at the fair include the Joe was Just Joe Foundation, 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center, the Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital, La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Franciscan Spirituality Center, Coulee Council on Addiction, Veterans Services, Coulee Region Humane Society, and Nar-Anon. 

PostSecret is an ongoing art project where students and community members can write their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. People attending the fair are welcome to add to the exhibit. 

The Alive! Mental Health Fair is sponsored by Viterbo campus activities and counseling services. 


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