Texas Tech University

Andrew O’Brien to Lead Resilience Training at Texas Tech

Zoe Bell

April 21, 2015

The army veteran and nationally recognized speaker is the founder of “Living Resilient.”

Texas Tech University's Military & Veterans Programs will host a resilience training from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in the Chemistry Building. Army veteran and nationally recognized speaker, Andrew O'Brien, will lead the seminar.

“Resilience training teaches people how to live fuller, happier lives,” said Eric Washington, unit coordinator of the Military and Veterans program at Texas Tech. “The Military and Veterans Programs office is proud to host Andrew O'Brien, a speaker featured on shows like ‘20/20' and ‘48 Hours,' to speak to us about one of the most troubling problems within the veteran community – suicide. Twenty-two veterans end their lives every day. Thursday the Texas Tech community can begin working on getting that number down to zero.”

After attempting to take his own life in 2010, O'Brien founded Living Resilient, a company that aims to train all communities on how to become resilient. His training topics cover suicide prevention, resiliency, anxiety and depression and post traumatic stress.

O'Brien is the author of “Welcoming Your Soldier Home” and “Surviving Suicide: A Veterans Memoir.” He also is the founder of Wysh Project, a non-profit that helps prevent military suicide. He has received numerous awards including a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Texas Tech's Student Counseling Center is open to enrolled students, faculty and staff. No scheduled appointment is necessary to initiate services. The center provides individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy and referrals for additional services. The center also provides suicide gatekeeper training, held monthly at the Texas Tech Wellness Center, Room 100. Training also is available upon request for university departments and offices. To register for the training email Klint Hobbs at klinton.hobbs@ttu.edu.

CONTACT: Eric Washington, unit coordinator, Military & Veterans Programs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-6877 or eric.washington@ttu.edu.