Johnny Hansel, M.P.H.

Johnny Hansel is Mississippi youth suicide prevention coordinator for DREAM of Hattiesburg Inc./Mississippi Department of Mental Health where he is responsible for managing and coordinating statewide trainings and certifications in Question, Persuade and Refer  suicide prevention model, coordinating data collection and reporting processes for federal evaluation and providing technical assistance for certified QPR trainers. Previously, he was regional master trainer where he functioned as the regional expert on the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) supporting the development of capacities related to the SPF SIG at community and program levels, spearheaded technical assistance and capacity-building to community mental health centers and the Department of Mental Health Certified Freestanding Programs, developed and provided SPF SIG training and educational materials to be used at community and program levels and assisted in the development of community-based needs assessment processes.

Hansell is a certified prevention specialist by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium-Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals. He holds a master's degree in Public Health Policy and Administration and a bachelor's degree in Community Health Sciences/Health Promotion from The University of Southern Mississippi.