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Seeking Healing During COVID-19 for the Black & Native American Communities

JULY 13-14


Can you make it?

Suicide Prevention Summit


The Details

This year's theme - Seeking Healing During COVID-19 for the Black and Native American Communities - Promotes an increase in the attendee's understanding of the experiences, needs, and wisdom of Black and Indigenous people in relation to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.


Our Sponsors

We are proud to affiliate with a group of excellent sponsors from a variety of influential companies and organizations. We're always looking to build new partnerships, so get in touch if you'd like to learn more!

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Many of us who attend or present at suicide prevention events have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, struggle with our own thoughts about suicide or support someone else who does.  While learning and connecting together can in itself be tremendously healing,  the focused discussions on suicide can prompt anxiety, difficult memories or our own thoughts of self-harm.

During the live event we will detail support options available for individuals to utilize. All day long there will be a variety of affinity spaces, which is one place you can turn to for support. 

Self-care is the most valuable thing one can offer themselves while processing grief, heavy topics, and memories that could be triggering. Reach out to the event moderators if something is to arise and you need help navigating support.

The Speakers

Join us throughout the day to learn from various experts.

Event Emcee



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Nona Bishop

Author. Life InfluencHER. Life Coach.

Meet Nona Bishop, a first-time author sharing her story of triumph through tragedy as an inspiration to young women who can relate to her story. Nona’s experience with life led her to launch eCoaching with Nona in 2016. The mission of the eCoaching series is to provide a convenient, personal, and nurturing, virtual, trauma coaching experience to empower individuals to move past traumatic experiences and live a fulfilling life. This venture in virtual coaching stems from her twenty plus working in the New York City human services field with the vulnerable population with a focus on trauma informed care. Working with individuals that are underrepresented and underserved provoked her desire to help those hurting, healing, and attempting to change their current situations. In addition to holding Master’s level degrees in Psychology and Human Resource Management, Nona also serves as an advisor to BILLIE Girls Mentoring & Each One, Teach One Power programs which provides support and guidance to high school girls.  Nona invites you to follow her on the journey of women empowerment with Love Like Dynamite being her inaugural work to inspire and transform.


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Dr. Victoria O'Keefe

Professor. Psychologist. Jingle Dancer

Victoria O’Keefe, PhD, (Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma) is the inaugural Mathuram Santosham Chair in Native American Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. O’Keefe is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health (Social and Behavioral Interventions Program), an Associate Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, and a Licensed Psychologist. In 2017, Dr. O’Keefe was appointed to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health becoming the first-ever Native American tenure-track professor in the School’s history. Her community-based participatory research (CBPR) with Native communities focuses on strengths-based and culturally-informed suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and wellness.  

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Cherokee & Seminole

Presentation Title: 
The Role of Cultural Strengths in Indigenous Suicide Prevention

American Indian/Alaska Native communities include more than 500 tribal nations and are the first peoples of the lands now called the United States.  Tribal nations and Native communities hold knowledge and practices that continue to promote health and wellness.  Empirical research is growing that supports the importance of connectedness, as well as Indigenous values, knowledge, and practices as key to suicide prevention and intervention.  These approaches are vital given that historical losses and continued oppression have resulted in disproportionately higher rates of American Indian/Alaska Native suicide, especially among youth.  This presentation will describe the community-engaged development of a new national resource guide titled “CULTURE FORWARD: A Strengths and Culture-Based Tool to Protect our Native Youth from Suicide.”  CULTURE FORWARD honors and empowers Native communities by weaving together knowledge, stories, and practical resources to prevent youth suicide.


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Presentation Title:
Black Healing, Holding Space, and Remaining Suicide Prevention

Join Kelechi Ubozoh, a Black suicide attempt survivor and healer as she talks about how creating healing-centered spaces for Black employees during the ongoing racial reckoning challenges her to re-envision suicide prevention and embody Black joy.

Kelechi Ubozoh

Mental Health Consultant. Writer. Public Speaker

Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American writer, mental health advocate, and facilitator with nearly a decade of experience working in the California mental health system. She is featured in The S Word documentary which follows the lives of suicide attempt survivors. Her story of recovery is featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and CBS This Morning with Gayle King. Her first book with LD Green, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, uplifts stories of radical healing and lived experience. Last year, she presented at the Yale School's inaugural Mental Health Symposium and dedicated her time to facilitating healing-centered spaces for Black employees to respond to the ongoing racialized violence toward the Black community. In 2021, she was named a Mental Health Champion by the Steinberg Institute. Learn more about her at kelechiubozoh.com


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O'Nesha Cochran

Consultant, Portland Area NW Indian Health Board &

Mutual Aid Coordinator, Brown Hope

O’Nesha is a Queer, Afro-Indigenous member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She is a recovering addict who spent 15 years in prison. Released in 2011, she obtained an AAS in Addiction Studies from Portland Community College and went to Portland State University for her BSW. She helped launch the first Queer Resource Center at PCC. Was the first Certified Recovery Mentor at Oregon Health and Sciences University/IMPACT Medical Team, served a term as Peer Trainer for the Mental Health Addiction and Certification Board of Oregon and managed the Diane Wade House, a reentry program for Afrocentric women. Currently, she is the Recovery Mentor Consultant, for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board; the Mutual Aid Coordinator for Brown Hope; Black Resilience Fund and is a member of the Measure 110 Oregon Oversight and Accountability Council.


Black & Oglala-Sioux

Presentation Title:
My Journey as an Afro-Indigenous Two-Spirit Person

My personal journey as an Afro-Indigenous Two-Spirit person finding freedom from suicidal ideation and self-destructive behavior. Navigating the healthcare system for support while serving as a mental health care provider.



Presentation Title:
Indigenous Wellness:
Generational Trauma & Community Healing

In the US, Native American/Alaska Native communities have the highest rates of suicide, violence, and mental health disorders. In addition, access to proper treatment and resources are limited as hospitals and resources outside of communities fail to acknowledge historical and intergenerational trauma. Native communities rely on each other and continue to build programs and resources for community healing and wellness. During this session, we will identify examples of historical and generational trauma, ways communities address these issues, and how allies can support community wellness.

Michaela Pavlat

Educator. Public Speaker. Advocate.

Michaela Pavlat is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians dedicating her career to educating others about Indigenous peoples and issues. Through public speaking, art and advocacy work she hopes to educate diverse audience about social justice issues across Indian Country and other BIPOC communities. Beyond educational programs, she serves as a guest speaker sharing her life experience with eating disorders and mental health struggles at large. With this work, Michaela’s goal is to destigmatize mental health issues and empower others through shared experiences.

Tyrell Blaquemoss

3-Heads. Sangoma. Doula. Educator. Artist

Raised in Kenosha, WI — Tyrell Blacquemoss (they/he) is a prophetic dreamworker and descendant of a long line of African priests and Turtle Island medicine people. As a scholarly researcher with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art with an emphasis in Africana Studies and Indigenous Studies from Cornell University, Blacquemoss reclaims and continues their family legacy of the science and art of dreaming. 

Blacquemoss is a fruition birth worker, serial entrepreneur, and artist growing financial roots, blossoming dreams, and healing ancestral debts. With a 10+ years thread and an ongoing commitment to land-based Afro-Indigenizing practices, Blacquemoss supports peacekeepers and leaders through strategic planning to see and step into their inheritance. Together, Blacquemoss and their clients work to bridge borders of race, class, ability, gender, age, and sexuality.

Blacquemoss has birthed 5 startups since 2016 and is a recipient of The Gibian Rosewater Travel Award, the 2018 Artist in Community Award, Cornell Tradition Fellowship, and the Pink Door Fellowship.


Afro-Indigenous Hoodoo, Maroon Nation

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Presentation Title:
The Slow Walk Home

Healing from the wounds of colonization is a slow walk home. How can we walk each other home? In this workshop we will use spiritual technologies of storytelling, medicinal media, meditation, and dreaming alternate timelines to imagine how to walk each other home. 

This workshop is intended for Black | Afro-Indigenous | Indigenous folks only.


Tlinglit & Haida

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Barbara Franks

Suicide Prevention Consultant

Presentation Title: Knowing About My Culture & Heritage Helped Me Survive


My Tlinget name is Neech Tlaa, "Mother of the Shoreline," I have experienced that my culture and heritage had a great impact on how I dealt with my son's suicide and his dad's death two days later in 1997.

Rev. Louis Mitchell

Co-Founder, Current Board Member, Christian Traditions, UCC-United Church of Christ, Fellowship of Affirming Ministires (TFAM)

Rev. Louis Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man". Known around the country and abroad as an elder, advocate, teacher, student, minister, parent, and friend. He serves as the Co-founder and Executive Director of Transfaith™/Interfaith Working Group and as the Alki UCC's new Bridge Pastor. 


Rev. Mitchell is a proud father to his daughter, Kahlo, and co-parent with her mother, Krysia L. Villon. Louis has been in recovery for over three decades and has been involved in the fight for health, respect, and self-determination since the early 1980s, with deep engagement in political, mental health, recovery, and church contexts.

He brings his own learned experiences, a broad range of resources, theories, and studies, to offer a fresh, “on the ground”, open-hearted, holistic strategy to the work of individual and community healing, intersectional diversity planning, and commitment to personal and community agency and solvency.



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Presentation Title:
Healing is More Than In Your Head

I will discuss how faith; my community and my family played a role in recovery as a Black transgender man.

AfroMayan Meliq August

They/We/Papi Pronouns

Afro-Indigenous Practitioner. Multi-Medium Artist. Educator. Earth Worker.


Black, Belizean-American

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Presentation Title:
The Slow Walk Home

Healing from the wounds of colonization is a slow walk home. How can we walk each other home? In this workshop we will use spiritual technologies of storytelling, medicinal media, meditation, and dreaming alternate timelines to imagine how to walk each other home. 

This workshop is intended for Black | Afro-Indigenous | Indigenous folks only.


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AfroMayan Meliq August is a Black, Belizean-American, trans, non-binary, Sacred Gender Variant, multi-medium and multi-spirited artist, religious practitioner, and Afro-Indigenous land liberator. Currently based on Lenape Land (North Bergen, New Jersey) papi largely focuses on collective healing through their West African, Central African, and Central American roots and cultural identity. 


With a Bachelors degree in sociology and a minor in photography from St. John’s University, they have largely focused on the liberation of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinidad, and Black trans and queer peoples by working towards our intersectional communities’ collective healing and liberation. AfroMayan Meliq is an advocate for finding freedom through creativity, accountability, and love. As an ancestral medium and Reiki 1, papi truly believes that global Indigenous people connecting to our roots is the medicine and solution to our freedom as an international comunidad. 


As a first generation Kriol Belizean-American, they are largely committed to the global land liberation of Black, Afro-Indigenous people everywhere, especially for Black trans and queer people. Papi does this by weaving the webs of their Belizean diasporic roots at the praxis of their Black-ademic studies towards freedom, being a devoted religious practitioner of their respective Afro-Indigenous practices, their dynamic multi-medium artistry, and land liberation werk centering and prioritizing the Black gays and the gworls— periodt.


AfroMayan Meliq’s continued dedication to their communities largely focuses around being an Afro-Indigenous gardener, land liberator, aspiring kunty farmer, and all around bad bitch artist. 

Special Guests


Diné & Laotian

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Souksavanh T. Keovorabouth

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Ph.D Student at Oregon State University

Souksavanh T. Keovorabouth, Diné (they, them, theirs) is a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University in the Women,  Gender, and Sexuality Studies program with a minor in Queer Studies and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. They are an enrolled member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and second generation Laotian. Prior to Oregon State University, they received a dual bachelors and masters at the University of Arizona in Sustainable Built Environments and American Indian Studies. Their concentrated area of research is on Indigenous urban experience, Two-Spirit wellbeing, Relocation Act of 1950, Native and Queer urbanization, BIPOC Masculinities, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit in urban areas. 


Email: Keovoras@oregonstate.edu

Ebony Clarke, LCSW, MSW

Interim Health Department Director,

Multnomah County Health Department

Ebony Clarke, Interim Director of Multnomah County Health Department, and previous Multnomah County Behavioral Health Director is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 24 years of experience working in both the publicly funded and non-profit behavioral health arena developing services and supports, providing leadership, organizational development, people management, and equity and inclusion. Ebony joined Multnomah County in 2010, stepping in as the Senior Manager of Direct Clinical Services. Before joining the county, she worked as a Service Director of Child and Family Services at Lifeworks NW. In that role, she oversaw child and family outpatient mental health, prevention, and culturally-specific adult mental health and addiction services.


Ebony earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon in Community and Human Services in 1999 and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2001. In October of 2020, Ebony was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Health Policy Board. In April 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Ms. Clarke to the Oregon State Board of Licensed Social Workers, where she served two terms. She also volunteered her time on the Lake Oswego School District Board Appointed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee serving as one of the Co-Chairs. Ebony’s mission is to build and support a continuum of care that yields equitable and quality services to promote individual, family, and community healing and wellbeing. During her off time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 18 years Matt, and their two son’s Matteo and Miles ages 14 and 9. 



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Closing Ceremony



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Amira Stanley

Mindset & Intention Educator. Anti-Racism Facilitator. Death Doula.

Amira is a Black Queer Mindset & Intention Educator & Anti-racism Facilitator; her Mindfulness practice is, Core Mind Gut Connection. Amira works with individuals & groups, who are looking for new ways to work WITH the Mind and Thoughts, that allows forward momentum for current desires.

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Pre-Summit Events

*All times listed in Pacific Time Zone*





National Suicide Prevention Lifeline & Lines for Life

Panel conversation - see special networking page for event details


The S-Word Documentary Film Screening


The S-Word  Panel Discussion - Led by:

Director Lisa Klein & Iden Campbell

Main Event

*All times listed in Pacific Time Zone*



8:00 AM

Zoom Room Opens

8:15 AM

Opening Remarks:

Iden Campbell, Nona Bishop, & Ebony Clarke

8:45 AM

Land Acknowledgement

9:00 AM

Speaker: Louis Mitchell

10:00 AM

Speaker: Barbara Franks


Networking Room Introduction


Tracy Love Presents:

Mark A. Davis: Miss Altered States Award


Speaker: Dr. Victoria O'Keefe

12:00 PM



Michaela Pavlat Workshop


Speaker: O'Nesha Cochran


Tyrell Blaquemoss Workshop

*Black & Indigenous Only*




Speaker: Kelechi Ubozoh


Closing Remarks: Iden Campbell

Closing Ceremony: Amira Stanley






All day long there will be affinity networking rooms