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Josh Rivedal Information

 We would like to invite you to come see Josh Rivedal—suicide prevention specialist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, and NYC based actor and playwright,  perform at ETSU. The program is a 75 minute, 3 component keynote/program: Part 1) Theatre: A 15 character, 7 song one-man Broadway-style play Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt that ends with Josh's father's tragic suicide—a comedic yet poignant true story, a primal piece of live-storytelling that creates an emotional connection between students and the powerful message that suicide is preventable. Part 2) An educational session/speech where Josh discusses signs and symptoms of depression and suicide, how to help oneself or a friend if depressed or suicidal, how to live mentally well while in college, and a review resources of help for students. Part 3) A panel discussion/Q&A session to introduce more students to staff counselors. 

The first 50 ETSU students in attendance with a valid student ID will receive a free tee shirt. Additionally, each ETSU student with a valid ID will be entered into a free drawing to win an iPad. The event will conclude with free food, and a tabling event where students can get more information about THRIVE and the services provided by the ETSU Counseling Center. The event can also count for Psychology Speaker Series Credit.

The event has been funded through ETSU Student Government Association with the use of BUC Funds*. Many organizations are involved in bringing this event to the student body of ETSU. These include the Counseling Center, the THRIVE program, Chi Sigma Iota, Student Social Work Association, Master of Social Work Student Association, Phi Alpha Nu, Human Services Student Organization, Psi Chi, and the Psychology Club.

Josh Rivedal's program on suicide prevention and mental health has been presented to more than 10000 people in 80+ locations in 28 US states, 2 Canadian provinces, England, Scotland, and Australia. Josh's book, The i’Mpossible Project …According to Josh (Subtitle) from which his program is derived, is on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's recommended reading list. For two years he served on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


*ETSU is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution and is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all eligible persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. This event has been financially sponsored, either in it’s entirely, or partially by the ETSU Student Government Association (SGA) and its BUC (Better University Community) Fund.  The views contained herein at this event or program do not necessarily represent the views of the ETSU Student Government Association, the SGA President or other members, the University, or the Tennessee Board of Regents. The ETSU SGA is fully in accord with the belief that all events and programs should be afforded the same opportunities that all US Citizens receive from the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.





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