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Professor Connie Howard to speak on Depression and Suicide

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- Connie Howard, associate professor of the health, exercise and sport science department at the University of the Cumberlands, will present a lecture titled: “Beyond the Blues: Depression and Suicide,” at 7 p.m., Monday, February 18 in the Hutton School of Business Lecture Hall. Dr. Fredrick Zuspan, president of Perinatal Resources, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio, is sponsoring the lecture.

Depression and suicide are growing public health problems in Kentucky. An average of five hundred Kentucky citizens dies by suicide each year and Whitley County has one of the highest rates within the state. Ms. Howard’s presentation will elaborate on symptomlogy, etiology and epidemiology of these events.

Howard is nationally certified in Grief Facilitation and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and in 2007 was named Distinguished Scholar in Death Education by the American Death Education Commission.

In 1977, she co-founded the Grief Connection, a program designed to offer support groups and education to those who are grieving. Howard travels throughout the state, offering education, in-service seminars and workshops pertaining to dying, death and bereavement for schools, churches and workplaces.

The thirty-minute lecture, followed by a ten-minute question and answer session and light refreshments, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Cindi Norton at (606) 539-4315 or Dr. Sara Ash at (606) 539-4308.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 119th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.