Stigma Free Speaker Series Past Presenters

The  Psychology & Human Services club, along with Student Life & Activities, hosts Stigma Free Speaker Series. The presenters are Brookdale Community College alumni, students and mental health professionals!


Spring 2023 Presenters

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
March 23
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Zoom OnlyAFSP logo.

Talk Saves Lives is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and waht they can do in their communities to save lives.

Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and how to keep other safe. The standard Talk Saves Lives presentation is also in Spanish.
Topics covered include:

Roe Schanely
March 30
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
MAN 100
Or on Zoom


Picture of Roe Schanely.Roe Schanely is a freshman here at Brookdale Community College, planning to major in Psychology. They faced many challenges surrounding their mental health that impacted their educational path. Roe was left with the only option to unenroll from middle school after seventh grade due to mental health, an unsupportive school environment, bullying, and being assaulted by classmates. After homeschooling didn’t work out, they moved to a new town for high school. They later dropped out of high school at 16 years old for similar reasons.

Roe will be speaking about how their mental health has affected the way they were treated growing up in school and gymnastics. Regardless of their rocky introduction to school, they are currently a college student with a 4.0 GPA at 17 years old. Come hear about their schooling experiences and how they got to where they are now.

Dr. Diana Glynn
April 27
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
MAN 100 and Zoom

Dr. Diana Glynn is a professor of psychology at Brookdale Community College.Picture of Diana Glynn.

“Hi. I’m Diana and my father is an alcoholic.” Growing up in an alcoholic family is a stressful and sometimes traumatizing upbringing. Dr. Glynn will share her experience, strength, and hope as she discusses the dynamics of the alcoholic family, the role that she played in the dysfunction, and how she works to break the cycle for generations to come.






The Stigma-Free Lecture Series is sponsored by Student Life & Activities. Student Life & Activities logo.