Shelby Rowe

Presenting in Columbia and Kansas City


Reconnecting with your Unconquerable Spirit

Shelby Rowe is the youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services, and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. A public health professional, crisis intervention expert and suicide attempt survivor, Ms. Rowe has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement at the local, state and national level since 2007.  Before moving back home to Oklahoma in 2017, she worked as the national manager of education and prevention programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York.  She is a former member of the board of directors for the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, and currently serves on the Consumer/Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network and the Board of Directors for United Suicide Survivors International. Ms. Rowe holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, and an M.B.A.

Suicide can affect anyone, even a suicide prevention professional. In this session, Ms. Rowe intertwines evidence-based suicide prevention best practices with her own experience as a suicide attempt survivor to discuss risk factors, address some of the barriers to help-seeking behavior, and challenge common stereotypes of who can be at risk for suicide. She walks us through her journey to recovery, shares the post traumatic growth that’s taken place, and shares her 6 steps to cultivating resiliency.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to….

  1. Participants will have a greater understanding of suicide risk factors, with a focus on the role of trauma in increasing the risk for suicide.
  2. Participants will have a greater understanding of the differences between post traumatic growth and resiliency
  3. Participants will be able to list at least 3 action steps for improving resiliency and reducing risk for suicide.

Slides and Handouts: Rowe-MO Reconnecting with your Unconquerable Spirit


Speaking About Suicide: Tips for Safe & Successful Messaging

In Suicide Prevention, stories of those who have been personally touched by suicide move hearts, fuel hope and illuminate a way for recovery. With careful preparation, practice and planning, personal narratives can also be a powerful call to action for audiences.  In this session, our speaker will discuss the science behind the effectiveness of storytelling in advocacy and formulas for composing a well-crafted narrative that will keep your audience engaged while following safe messaging guidelines.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have an increased understanding of the effectiveness of storytelling as a tool in suicide prevention and mental health advocacy.
  • Participants will be able to identify the steps to craft an engaging and effective narrative with a compelling call to action.
  • Participants will have an increased understanding of safe messaging guidelines.


Slides and Handouts: Rowe – Speaking about Suicide