Sharon K. Burrows Conference

Survivors of Suicide: The Path to Hope and Healing After the Unimaginable

Saturday, April 27, 2019

8:30 a.m.— 1 p.m.

Dillon II, Hinton Center

Houston Baptist University

7502 Fondren Road

Houston, TX 77074

Cheryl L. Duncan, BSN, RN, CVRN is the founder of the Ashley Jadine Foundation (AJF).  AJF was started in loving memory of Cheryl’s daughter, Ashley Jadine Duncan, who died by suicide seven years ago at age 17. The Foundation’s mission is to increase community awareness about teen suicide prevention and help stop the stigma of mental illness. The Centers for Disease Control report that suicide is the 3rdleading cause of death among 15 to 24-year olds and the 4thleading cause of death among 10 to 14-year olds. These statistics drive AJF’s mission daily!

Cheryl has spoken on suicide prevention across Texas and in Kentucky. AJF has worked closely with the National Alliance of Mental Illness and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Furthermore, the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation in Connecticut has featured Ashley’s story in a special documentary, What They Left Behind.

Professionally, Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse for 34 years, specializing in cardiology, critical care, cardiac catherization and electrophysiology laboratory nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is the recipient of many honors and, in 2017, Cheryl was recognized as one of the Top 30 Women of Houston. Cheryl stays busy with the following organizations:  Greater Houston American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Fort Bend County Black Nursing Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.

Cheryl has one son, Anthony Thomas Duncan. Anthony graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Chemistry and currently lives and works in New York City.  Cheryl loves the Lord. He gives her strength, faith, and grace to press on and move forward through life. Her message to parents and the community is to Stop the Stigma, Shame, and Silenceof suicide and mental illness and she encourages teens and young adults to Talk More, Text Less!

Conference Details

Workshop attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. for light refreshments and registration. The keynote address will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Up to two (2) hours of professional development credit is available to licensed professional counselors and up to three (3) hours of continuing education units are available to public school educators. A buffet lunch is included in the cost of tuition. Please contact Dr. Renata L. Nero at or Ms. Elexis Pantoja if you have additional questions.



Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Articulate a realistic timeframe for grieving.
  2. Discuss how different communities (e.g. faith, friends, family, neighbors, medical, employers, etc.) can support survivors of suicide.
  3. Describe at least three strategies for honoring the life of a loved one lost through suicide.
  4. Describe at least three strategies for grieving a loved one’s death by suicide while remaining hopeful about the beauty of life itself.


Conference Itinerary

8:30—9 a.m. Registration

9—9:50 a.m. Keynote Address

10 – 10:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions

11 – 11:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Noon – 12:50 p.m. Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker

Awarding of CEUs and Professional Development credit for Educators and LPCs

Located at 7502 Fondren Road Houston, Texas 77074
Dillion II Hall


If you are interested in continuing your studies so that you can address mental health issues such as suicide prevention, please consider one of the following graduate programs in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences:

With the exception of the MAP-General program, graduates of the aforementioned programs may pursue Texas state licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

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