Mental Health Association in Forsyth County Events

Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

Columbine: Tragedy to Triumph – An evening with Patrick Ireland, Columbine’s “Boy in the Window”

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609531-250The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County’s annual fundraising event, will take place on Friday, October 23 at Wake Forest Biotech Place, in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm.

The October 23 event will feature Patrick Ireland, known as the “boy in the window” from the shooting rampage that took place at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999.  During that horrific event that took 13 lives and wounded 23 others, Ireland was shot twice in the head and once in the foot.  As this day unfolded on television across the globe, Ireland was finally pulled to safety through a shattered window of the school’s library by SWAT team members on the scene.

After extensive in-patient and out-patient care in Colorado, Ireland returned to school seven months after the shooting to graduate on time as Valedictorian of his class and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Colorado State University.  His incredible story is one of strength, courage and overcoming obstacles.

“We are delighted that Patrick will join us this year for such a special evening,” said Andy Hagler, executive director of Mental Health Association in Forsyth County.  “Mental Health issues can come in so many various forms, and dealing with and overcoming a tragic situation like that fateful day at Columbine is an incredibly arduous process that takes time, patience and perseverance.  Patrick’s story is an inspiring story of doing just that.”

Tickets for this event are available for $50 and include free parking, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

For more information on purchasing tickets please call the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County at (336) 768-3880.

About the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County: Established in 1946, the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that is dedicated to improving life for persons affected by mental illness through advocacy, education, and support services.

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Panel Discussion: “Suicide: A Public Health Issue In Adolescents & Young Adults”
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and Wake Forest Baptist Health are sponsoring a “free” speaker meeting and panel discussion focusing on the public health issue surrounding suicide among adolescents and young adults.

WHERE: Old Salem Visitor’s Center, James A. Gray Auditorium, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston- Salem, NC 27101

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm: Doors open at 6:00pm: refreshments provided.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Dr. David Goldston is the keynote speaker. Dr. Goldston is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldston has extensive educational background and knowledge on the topic of suicide among youth and young adults


Dr. Kimya N. Dennis: A sociologist and criminologist with interdisciplinary research and social activism that include suicide, suicidal self-harm, and mental health.

Dr. Corliss Thompson-Drew: Director of Psychological Services, Coordinator & Trainer for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System’s “Crisis Prevention and Intervention.”

Mara O’Neil: Co-Chair, Education & Programs Committee of the NC Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and advocate for the promotion of mental health-friendly legislation.

Tiffany Hall, LCSW: Suicide Prevention Care Coordination, Veteran’s Administration, Kernersville, NC