Reece, also known as the Southern Fried Asian (because of her experience growing up as a Korean-American in Arkansas), is no stranger to the desperate need for suicide prevention, having suffered multiple significant traumas in her early childhood and later fighting major depression throughout her formative and adult years.
She is a powerfully engaging story teller who conveys passion by drawing from her own tragic and rewarding experiences. Reece deftly blends humor, education, and enthralling stories in a unique and memorable manner to compel any audience to become advocates and leaders for social change. She uses hard learned lessons to empower audiences to overcome life’s obstacles.
She is a staunch mental health activist who is not afraid to tackle a difficult issue head on. She holds multiple roles as well as volunteer positions that allow her to champion grassroots efforts geared toward improving mental health awareness and access.
Reece strives to raise awareness of the issues of suicide, interpersonal violence, mental health, substance use disorders, diversity/inclusion, and interpersonal communication. She acts as a social entrepreneur connecting, educating, and empowering stakeholders on their unique roles and assets when dealing with social issues within their communities.
Her expertise provides the perfect foundation for building a strong and successful suicide prevention, mental health, social justice, or nonprofit movement.
Contact her today to grow your organization’s impact.
Susie is currently working on:
PROJECT 2025 CHAMPION (NATIONAL)
Project 2025 is the collaborative effort to implement and scale suicide prevention strategies nationwide across four targeted areas: Emergency Rooms, Healthcare Systems, Firearms, and Corrections Systems.
Susie is one of two state-level champions who is informing national efforts and bringing national strategies back to state initiatives.
Find out more here: https://project2025.afsp.org/
SPRC: LIVED EXPERIENCE ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR (NATIONAL)
SPRC’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee is a diverse group of suicide prevention leaders and advocates who have been personally impacted by suicide. The committee provides expertise and insights from their lived experience to help ensure SPRC’s suicide prevention efforts effectively meet the needs of people at risk of suicide and their families.
Find out more here: https://www.sprc.org/advisory-committee
Susie is a Lived Experience Advisory Member. In this role Susie shares her expertise across the nation to ensure projects and efforts keep the voices of experience at the forefront of everything they do. Susie also acts as the Lived Experience Engagement Coordinator. In this role, she informs suicide prevention efforts (across the country at the national level) by recommending, connecting, and coordinating other Lived Experience leaders to projects, events, and opportunities.
PROJECT 2025: CORRECTIONS CHAIR (ARKANSAS)
By screening for and identifying 50% of at-risk individuals at key points within the corrections system, such as at times of entry and exit, and delivering comprehensive care that addresses both physical and mental health, we can expect an estimated 1,100 lives saved through 2025.
Susie is the chair and lead community partner focused on identify best practices for implementing suicide prevention within correctional systems. Her team has been awarded funding to pilot a project that will develop an implementation guide that can be replicated and inform other communities who wish to lower suicides and raise suicide education within these systems.
EMPOWERING VETERANS PREP PROJECT (NATIONAL)
Arkansas has been selected at a Federal level to understand reductions in rates of suicide at the community level in three identified communities. This research project will offer insight at how to implement effective suicide efforts at a state level. The team will develop a “roadmap” for other states to lower their suicides.
Susie is the Community Engagement Coordinator tasked with creating strategic efforts and engagement activities in each of the identified counties. As a key leader in reducing the suicide rate in one of the identified communities, Susie will work to identify community trends and positive deviations. Her work will inform the larger team and ensure the community’s voice stays at the forefront of the work.