Heidi Bryan has battled with depression most of her life, is a suicide attempt survivor and lost her brother to suicide in 1995. In 1999 she founded Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council, now Prevent Suicide PA. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for SPAN USA.
A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Heidi developed and published the booklet, After an Attempt: The Emotional Impact of a Suicide Attempt on Families, which was distributed to every hospital in Pennsylvania;
Obtained the first funding specific to suicide prevention in Pennsylvania;
Testified before the Food and Drug Administration;
Authored the book, Must Be the Witches in the Mountain, a book on grief after suicide;
Panelist for the Making Health Care Better Series: Suicide Prevention at the White House
Additionally Heidi has served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force, and is currently on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer Survivor Subcommittee. A QPR Master Trainer, Ms. Bryan is also a trained facilitator for suicide bereavement support groups.
Heidi received her BA in Chemistry from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Bill, and their Newfoundland and Saint Bernard dogs.
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