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National experts at Suicide Prevention Symposium in June

National experts at Suicide Prevention Symposium in June Montpelier Vermont

posted at 4:26 pm Tue May 29th, 2018 by (WherezIt_Staff)

The VT Suicide Prevention Symposium will be held June 5 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, VT. National and regional experts and those whose lives have been impacted by suicide will address attendees through keynotes, workshops, and panels: screening tools for suicide prevention, substance misuse and suicide, clinical care and care delivery, integration of health care, technology's impact on youth mental health, cultural considerations in identifying and treating suicide, and lived experience of suicide attempt and loss survivors.

Networking sessions and exhibits will showcase local initiatives and organizations doing work in Vermont.

James Wright, Public Health Advisor at SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Branch, will offer a workshop entitled: Improving Systems: Practice Improvement and Reaching Veterans Not in Veteran's Administration Care. The session will focus on strategies for improving systems care for enhanced follow up. The need for ensuring care coordination remains a critical element for suicide prevention, specifically post discharge from emergency departments and inpatient facilities. While veterans die by suicide at a higher rate than the general population, there is a significant difference in outcomes based on treatment provision. This session will highlight examples of current partnerships and collaborations that are impacting services from state systems to community providers and what still is needed to improve care. There will be significant discussion on current Vermont initiatives and needs.

This year's theme is It Takes All of Us: Building Connections for Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan, with speakers representing Vermont and national researchers and practitioners, attempt and loss survivors committed to ending suicide. Over 150 Vermonters will be in attendance.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, a public-private partnership, the Vermont Department of Mental Health, the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Brattleboro Retreat, UVM Medical Center, Rutland Medical Center, and many local organizations. Commissioner Melissa Bailey of the Vermont Department of Mental Health will welcome attendees and kick off the event.

Featured speakers include John Halligan, Founder, Ryan's Story Presentation, Thomas Delaney, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the VT Child Health Improvement Program, and Beatrice Birch, Founder of Inner Fire.

The day will begin with a morning keynote and plenary on the status of data in Vermont on suicide trends, followed by morning workshops. The remainder of the day continues with keynote and short, story-driven talk presentations, culminating with afternoon workshops.

Registration for the symposium is $140 for the full day, including light breakfast, all materials, and lunch.

Details on the symposium and registration links are available online.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or if you are concerned for a friend or family member, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text VT to 741741. For more information about the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, state efforts, or the VT Suicide Prevention Symposium, please visit or call Center for Health and Learning at 802-254-6590 or email.

Relevant Address(es):
Stowe, VT 05672 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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