2025 Keynote Speaker

Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D.

Keynote Speaker & Impact Entrepreneur
Co-Founder & President, United Suicide Survivors International

“Dr. Sally” is a clinical psychologist and award-winning mental health advocate with her own personal experience of losing her beloved brother to suicide. Her mission of giving voice to people who’ve lived through suicide thoughts, attempts, and loss and to help those in despair rekindle a passion for living.

In addition to helping leaders and communities implement innovative approaches to suicide prevention, Sally is the lead author on the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention, President of United Suicide Survivors International, and co-founder of “Man Therapy” (www.ManTherapy.org). She also co-edits the Guts, Grit & the Grind book series that provides men and the people who love them with tools to help them better understand and cope with life’s challenges.

Sally has a TEDx talk and gave an invited address at the White House in 2016. Her impressive list of partners includes the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the FBI, Chubb Insurance, and Southwest Airlines. She has also spoken and consulted internationally including Australia, Ireland, Singapore, Taiwan, Denmark and Belgium.

Photo of Sally Spencer Thomas smiling; she has blonde hair and is wearing a green jacket and red glasses.

You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape:

Why Burnout Mitigation, Mental Health Promotion, Addiction Recovery, and Suicide Prevention are Health and Safety Priorities

With humor and storytelling, Dr. Sally makes the case why mental health matters in the workplace, why leaders need to attend to risk factors and environmental drivers, and what action steps they can take within “Upstream, Midstream and Downstream” strategies.