Gina Gillis is a Suicide Prevention Advocate, loss survivor, and a champion for mental health. When she lost her oldest son Zach to suicide in 2015, her path began with the Arizona Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She currently serves as the Board Treasurer and the Social Media Ambassador for the Chapter and is the Chairperson for the 2018 Out of the Darkness walk in Tucson. (An event that The LifeBlood Workshop is supporting.)
Music is her therapy and finding each persons reason to stay is her mission. Gina has taken her love of music and started Thrash Therapy, a concert to benefit A.F.S.P. as they work to decrease the rate of suicide 20% by 2025.
There is rarely one reason someone decides to take their own life. Most often there are many contributing factors, and there are many misconceptions about suicide and the person who died by suicide. Suicide is preventable.
Gina’s goal is to help attendees better understand suicide and preventing suicide, but also to help them know what resources are available in their communities. Everyone can prevent suicide and help in ending the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.
Gina is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Association of Suicidology, and Arizona Public Health Association and has been featured for International Suicide Loss Survivors Day by Cronkite News and local affiliate stations. A native Californian, she has called Tucson, Arizona home since 2004 and lives there with her younger son and her dogs Booda and Nala.
.Find out more about the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Gina with Grant Bourne, suicide prevention advocate who is riding 10,000 miles across the country for suicide prevention
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