Mental Health and Wellness Retreat and Suicide Education Event

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Churchill Community Coalition wants to spread awareness through this all day event celebrating those we've lost and learning prevention tools. Join us for live speakers, yoga, journaling, a silent disco, and so much more!



  • Doors Open


  • Yoga with Nikki Collier from Shanti Yoga
  • Community Suicide/Crisis Intervention


  • Gardening with Jackie


  • Activity Roaming: Check out all of our all day activities!


  • World Class Speaker and Mental Health Advocate, Dennis Gillan


  • Dennis Gillan Meet & Greet


  • Sound Bath with Nikki Collier from Shanti Yoga
  • Journaling Class


  • Gardening with Jackie


  • Journaling Class


  • Yoga with Nikki Collier from Shanti Yoga
  • Suicide Prevention Training


  • Suicide Survivor and Mental Health Advocate, Kevin Berthia


  • Kevin Berthia Meet & Greet


  • Final Lantern Decorating and Beading

9:00- Close

  • Remembrance Ceremony with Lantern Release and Sound Bath

All Day Activities

While there will be scheduled workshops, there will also be all-day activities that can be done at any time throughout the day! These events include:

  • Dancing
  • Silent Disco
  • Puzzling
  • Beading
  • Lantern Decorating
  • Zen/Quiet Room
  • Feelings Mural
  • Bandana Decorating


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Dennis Gillan

World Class Speaker & Mental Health Advocate

Dennis Gillan is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story of loss, perseverance, and healing. Dennis helps tear down the walls of silence which have surrounded the issues of mental health, depression, and suicide. He infuses his passion and humor into a tough subject which touches everyone in the audience.

Dennis Gillan is a national thought leader on the topic of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Advocacy. He travels internationally speaking, raising awareness, and opening up the conversation of mental health. Dennis has been deeply touched by suicide after the losses of two of his brothers to suicide 11 years apart. 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, Dennis got involved with several non-profits that take on mental health issues and this allows him to lobby lawmakers and raise awareness by sharing his story.

Dennis has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University and a work history rich in influence and persuasion.

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Kevin Berthia

Suicide Survivor & Mental Health Advocate

Kevin lost sight of gratitude in 2005 when he attempted to take his life at The Golden Gate Bridge. After jumping the railing, he stood on a narrow 4" cord about 220 feet in the air. For 96 minutes, with nothing to stop him from falling except a listening ear, with his head pressed to the Golden Gate's rust-colored tower and the heels of his shoes resting on nothing but air, Kevin spoke with a first responder who eventually talked him back over the railing.

Since, he has presented his story of hope on THE IMPACT OF LISTENING to national audiences and has been featured by multiple media outlets. T he photo of Kevin standing on the cord was front page of the San Francisco Chronical, placed on the 75 most iconic photos of the 21st Century, and has since gone viral on social media Today, Kevin Berthia is a grateful Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are.

As a former student athlete, Kevin is especially attuned to young people attempting to deal with all the complexities of life, the demands of school and the pressures that sometimes accompany athletic performance.

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