Shari Sinwelski, MS/EdS, LPCC, NCC
Vice President of Crisis Care
Shari Sinwelski is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California, and has over 25 years of experience in mental health, rape crisis, domestic violence, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. As Vice President of Crisis Care at the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch, she oversees all suicide prevention programs, including the implementation of 988. Shari has also served as the Deputy Director of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and has directed several hotlines that are part of the Lifeline including: the Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles, Vialink in New Orleans and 211 Big Bend in Tallahassee.
Shari co-created the Didi Hirsch Survivors of Suicide Attempts Support group curriculum for individuals who have survived a suicide attempt and worked with many suicide attempt survivors when she facilitated the group from its inception. She later co-authored the Didi Hirsch manual and training to bring this support group to individuals nationally and around the world. The focus of the curriculum is based on seeing strength and resiliency in participants and helping them to discover that within themselves.
Shari has trained thousands of individuals in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She has provided subject matter expertise and mental health support on programming on national publications, major television networks and Broadway productions. She holds a BS in Psychology and Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Florida State University.