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Dennis Gillan            

Author; Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate

Author and TEDx speaker Dennis Gillan is on a mission to reverse the current trends in completed suicides and to seriously reduce the stigma associated with getting help for one’s mental health.

Gillan has been deeply touched by suicide, and after years of sitting on the sidelines he jumped into helping those in need by working on the suicide prevention hotline when he lived in Chicago. After moving to South Carolina, Gillan got involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is on the board of the local state chapter. In this capacity, he gets to lobby lawmakers for additional funding for suicide prevention and raise funds and awareness to help combat the rise in completed suicides in America.

Gillan’s real calling is telling his personal story of how he (sort of) recovered from his losses and what he has learned along the way.

Speech Topics

Mental Health/Suicide Prevention, Employee Assistance Program

How to Survive the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide

I lost two brothers to suicide, eleven years apart. I took two separate roads to healing----one is paved and the other is a dirt road. I will explain how to mourn properly and stay on the paved road.


One comment stopped a child's suicide. That message lives in Greenville man's new book
Pihl and Gillan are relaying the impact that a compliment can have through a children's book, "Nice Shoes! A little compliment can go a long way!" based on Pihl's experience.
Dennis at Elon University.....

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