Columbine Survivor to speak at David Lawrence Center event

Columbine shooting survivor Austin Eubanks will be the keynote speaker during the David Lawrence Center’s 6th Annual Sound Minds™ Mental Health Symposium on March 23, 2019 at Moorings Presbyterian Church (791 HarbourDr, Naples).

The symposium will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and will be followed by a VIP Meet the Speaker luncheon that will include live music. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Austin Eubanks, an injured survivor of the Columbine shooting and an expert in the addiction treatment industry.

Eubanks’ traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful, decade-long journey through addiction. The symposium will conclude with a moderated Q & A with Eubanks. CEUs are available for Florida state licensed nurses and clinicians (LMHC, LCSW, and LMFT).

Eubanks said, “Less than an hour after scrambling out the back door of the Columbine High School library, I was lying in a hospital bed, medicated on a variety of substances intended to relieve my pain.”

Now in long-term recovery, Eubanks has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma. Eubanks will share with attendees his personal journey as well as strategies for addressing the issues of substance abuse plaguing the nation.

Eubanks adds, “We have to reform a broken healthcare system that is slowly coming to terms with the fact that they are responsible for this pandemic. I had to learn to lean into the pain and stop looking for the fast road to relief. We have to teach people to do the emotional work needed no matter how much it hurts.”

S A V E – T H E – D A T E

Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium
March 23, 2019
Moorings Presbyterian Church

Austin Eubanks is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor on topics surrounding behavioral health and addiction recovery. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment Center. In his non-profit board roles, Austin helps advance the objectives of Stout Street Foundation, a 180-bed therapeutic community serving primarily an indigent population, and 5280 High School, a 400-student Denver Public Charter School focused on prevention and addiction recovery in adolescents.
Ticket and Sponsorship Information
There is a $10 suggested donation per
person for the symposium.
The cost for the VIP Meet the Speaker
Lunch is $125.
For sponsorship and ticket information, visit

or contact DLC at 239-354-1445 or

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