The Missouri Department of Mental Health is one of the sponsors of the event, which will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Featured speakers include:
- Sally Spencer-Thomas: Spencer-Thomas is the executive director for the Carson J Spencer Foundation and the executive secretary for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She has also worked as a therapist in a college counseling center and in private practice.
- Frank Campbell: Campbell is the former executive director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana and works as a consultant in forensic suicidology cases.
- Patrick Arbore: Arbore is the founder and director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services and a senior lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University.
- Gayle Jaffe: Jaffe is a senior prevention specialist with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and previously worked with urban teens and trauma survivors.
According to a conference brochure, objectives for participants include:
- Learning skills and methods to encourage help-seeking behaviors.
- Learning research-backed strategies for effective suicide prevention.
- Understanding how collaboration among community stakeholders can advance suicide prevention efforts.
Workshops and breakout sessions cover topics such as:
- The effect of media coverage on suicides.
- Suicide prevention for LGBT youth.
- Research and prevention of suicide among working-age men.
- Aspects of disaster mental health and psychological first aid.
- Addressing suicidal tendencies in seniors.
For more information about the conference, or to register, visit the conference's website.