2020 Mental Health Services Awareness Night

Knowing how to access mental health resources has never been more important. Whether it’s a global pandemic, loss of a loved one, struggles with body image or the effects of an addition, a person’s mental health can change quickly and impact all areas of his or her life. Connecting a person with the right resources can literally be life-changing and even lifesaving.

Intermountain’s Annual Mental Health Services Awareness Night is designed to connect people with resources. The event is open to anyone in Utah who would like to know more about the resources available to those struggling with mental health challenges.

To help everyone stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Mental Health Services Awareness Night was a free virtual event.

  • Email us if you have any questions about Dr. Tuminez's presentation.
  • Email us if you have questions about Dr. Hudnall's presentation.


Our 2020 Keynote Speakers

Astrid Tuminez

President Astrid Tuminez - Utah Valley University


Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez (pronounced too-MEE-nez) was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018. Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, Tuminez moved with her parents and six siblings to the slums of Iloilo City when she was two years old, her parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

Her pursuit of education eventually took her to the United States, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian literature from Brigham Young University (1986). She went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science (1996).

Before assuming her current position, President Tuminez was a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft, where she led corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia. Tuminez also served as the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, the premier school of public policy in Asia. She and her husband, Jeffrey S. Tolk, have three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, and martial arts.


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Hudnall

Dr. Greg Hudnall - Hope Squad


Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twentyfive years.

Dr. Hudnall is the founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The school-based program, Hope Squad, has been responsible for over 2,500 students referred for help and over 300 hospitalized. His Hope Squad program is now in over 600 schools around the world.

For over fifteen years Dr. Hudnall has led a state-wide volunteer suicide crisis team that has responded to over fifty-four youth suicides. Dr. Hudnall has presented at over 100 national and state conferences on suicide, bullying, connectedness, community collaboration, and making schools a safe place for students.

Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah. He has presented to the U.S. Department of Health and at the national conferences of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Hudnall was also invited to participate in a webinar on African American and suicide by the White House.

He has trained over 50,000 in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. He has presented across the United States and three countries on suicide prevention, including to the Minister of Education for Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Hudnall is considered one of the leading experts in community and school-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. He lives by the mantra, “while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire community to save one.”

Awards

Dr. Hudnall has been an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University for 15 years and was named as adjunct professor of the year in 2013. He has been recognized for his work with youth including receiving the “Silver Beaver” from the Boy Scouts of America for training over 750 scout leaders in suicide prevention. He also received the “Utah County” medal of honor for his work in making Utah a better place to live. As a high school principal, Dr. Hudnall was named as “Educator of the Year” in Utah and recognized as one of the top administrators in the country.

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