Month: September 2022

Deaf Perspectives on Mental Health & Suicide Prevention- Panel

Deaf Perspectives on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Online Panel Event

Thursday September 29th

6:00 – 8:00 pm (EST)

Location: Online via Zoom (register below)


This is a moderated virtual discussion about mental health and intersectionality, from a Deaf perspective. People from marginalized communities experience disproportionate mental health diagnoses, and the suicide rate among these communities reflect similar data. Many people are members of these groups in some way: they may be Deaf and Hard of Hearing, have visible or invisible disabilities, identify as LGBTQ+, or find their BIPOC identities adding to the risk factors while trying to navigate community and resources.

This event aims to foster conversations about how to tap into existing support networks and build new ones to keep ourselves and those we love safe. Feel free to ask honest questions without fear of reprisal. This is an inclusive space and we welcome all.


Kristen Pranzl

Dr. Makoto Ikegami – LCSW

Dr. Mary Karol Matchett

Tara Nesbitt-Dyck MSW, RSW

Christina Dunams – LMSW


Doris Zelaya

Click here for bios of our panelists.



(FREE. Please consider making a donation to AFSP, at the link below)

*This event is open to the public, will be presented in American Sign Language (ASL)

and will be interpreted into spoken English, along with professional Captioning Services (CART) *

*This program is sponsored by the University of Connecticut Communication Access and Interpreter Services (UCIS)

and offered at no charge. In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a donation to the

American Foundation for Suicide Prevent, Connecticut Chapter, by clicking here.*

Have questions for the Panelists?

>>> Click here to submit your questions ahead of time <<<

(Submit as many questions as you’d like!)

Facebook Event Link

  • CEUs APPROVED: MassRID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.  This Professional Studies program is offered at 0.2 CEUs/ACETs at the Little/No Teaching Content Level.
  • Presenters, coordinators, and participants of this educational opportunity agree to promote an environment of mutual respect, free from bias and discrimination.
  • For more information, refund/cancellation policy or to request accommodations, please email

UConn Suicide Prevention Resources

Sponsored by The University of Connecticut department of Interpreting & Communication Access Services (UCIS)

For more info contact UCIS at