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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas    

President of the United Suicide Survivors International, Clinical Psychologist, Podcaster & Entrepreneur

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international keynote speaker, podcaster and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with a bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and was the lead author on the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas has held leadership positions for the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver, the 2015 Farbarow Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and the 2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

In 2016 she was an invited speaker at the White House where she presented on men’s mental health. In her recent TEDx Talk, she shares her goal to elevate the conversation to make mental health promotion and suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces, and communities.

She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, and a Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Art with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention. She lives with her partner and three sons in Conifer, Colorado.

Speech Topics


  • Workplace Mental Health Promotion
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Resilience
  • Burnout
  • Psychological Safety
  • Men's Mental Health
  • Suicide Grief

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