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Mental Health Speaker Announced

Date Published: 2/13/24

AmberLangerud-newsrelease.jpgDakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is pleased to share a guest speaker with the community. Monica McConkey, LPC will be on campus February 28th during the noon hour. McConkey provides rural mental health services and will share steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Monica McConkey has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 30 years as a counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. She is passionate about bringing hope into the lives of individuals who are struggling. The focus throughout Monica's career has been to increase access to, and remove the stigma often attached to mental health services in rural underserved areas.

This is a free one-hour presentation to help someone in crises. Learn the steps to save a life with QPR – Question, Persuade, and Refer. According to McConkey these are three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.  
One of DCB’s goals is to provide students, faculty, staff and the Bottineau community with the knowledge and tools to recognize someone in crisis while providing the tools to help.
This session is hosted on the Dakota College at Bottineau campus, February 28th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, second floor, Thatcher Hall, Centennial Alumni Center.  It is sponsored by North Dakota Health & Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.