Suicide Prevention Symposium
Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM (CDT)
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is excited to announce that we are in the process of planning our Suicide Prevention Symposium, set for May 9, 2013 at Trevecca Community Church, located at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.
Our theme, "Your Role in Suicide Prevention", reflects the opportunity for new projects and initiatives made possible by the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Jason H. Padgett, MPA, MSM, Task Force Liaison/Secretariat for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, will be our featured speaker. Mr. Padgett participated in the writing and development of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). He will discuss the NSSP and the importance of everyone taking a role in its implementation. Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has also been confirmed as a speaker for this event, and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has also been invited.
We have arranged for several dynamic speakers to lead us in breakout sessions on topics like suicide and substance abuse, suicide among older adults and within the LGBT population, suicide prevention within juvenile justice facilities, and response to suicide crises within schools and universities. We are expecting around 300 participants at this event including legislators, government officials, health care professionals, educators, clergy, journalists, community activists, survivors of suicide and suicide attempts, and the general public.
Your registration fee of $35 entitles you to participation in all symposium lectures and breakout sessions, as well as the continental breakfast and conference luncheon. 5 contact hours are available for symposium participants.
Any questions about the symposium or mission of the Network may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 297-1077.
We look forward to seeing you at this event, and we thank the sponsors who are making this symposium possible:
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Amerigroup Community Care
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Behavioral HealthCare Centers
Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network
The Jason Foundation, Inc.
Rolling Hills Hospital
Saint Thomas Health Services
Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
Behavioral Health Initiatives, Inc.
Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
Cornerstone of Recovery
Lakeside Behavioral Health System
Mental Health Cooperative
New Life Lodge
Professional Care Services, Inc.
Quinco Mental health Centers
Ten Broeck Tennessee
TriStar Behavioral Health Services
Village Behavioral Health
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
Volunteer State Health Plan
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations
Tennessee Coalition on Aging and Disability
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Tennessee Voices for Children
7:45 - 8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast (biscuits with or without sausage, danishes, muffins, coffee, orange juice, and mixed fruit)
8:30 – 8:45 AM
Scott Ridgway, TSPN Executive Director
Jennifer Harris, TSPN Advisory Council Chair
Remarks from State Officials
The Hon. Ron Ramsey, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Tennessee
8:45 - 9:15 AM
Remarks from Jason H. Padgett, MPA, MSM, Task Force Liaison, Secretariat, National Actiona Alliance for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center
9:15 – 10:00 AM
Suicide Prevention and State Government:State Department Commissioners’ Panel
Wendell Cheek, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs
John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
Mike Herrmann, Chief Operating Officer, Tennessee Department of Education
E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Moderator: Raquel Hatter, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Human Services
10:00 – 10:15 AM
Break for Exhibit Viewing and Networking
10:15 – 11:45 AM
Morning Breakout Sessions
A: “School Community Crisis Response, Part 1” (Sam Bernard, Ph.D., FAAETS, DABCEM, President/CEO,The PAR Foundation)
B: “Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth, Part 1” (Michele Daniel, BBA, MA, Project Coordinator, Tennessee Lives Count Project, Pam Sheffer, Coordinator, Just Us Program, Oasis Center)
C: “How Suicide Prevention Is Applied in Juvenile Justice Settings” (Lygia Williams, MA, Principal Investigator, Tennessee Lives Count Project / Office of Housing, Homeless, and Suicide Prevention Services, TDMHSAS; Jeff Feix, Director of Forensics, TDMHSAS)
D: “Depression, Substance Abuse, and Suicide in the Elderly” (William M. Petrie, Professor of Adult Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University)
E: “Suicide Prevention Priorities and Initiatives within the U.S. Army” (Maj. Joseph Varney, USA, ret., Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Fort Campbell)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Luncheon (fried chicken, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread, dinner rolls, fruit cobbler, iced tea)
1:00 – 1:45 PM“Beyond Our Pain: Survivors of Suicide Speak Out”
Facilitator: Clark Flatt, President/CEO, Jason Foundation, Inc.
Karyl Chastain Beal, Facilitator, Parents of Suicides / Friends and Families of Suicides
Cindy Johnson, Community Education Director, Behavioral HealthCare Center at Clarksville, Inc.
Annette Lake, Community Activist
1:45 – 3:15 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
A: “School Community Crisis Response, Part 2” (Sam Bernard, Ph.D., FAAETS, DABCEM, President/CEO,The PAR Foundation)
B: “Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth, Part 2” (Michele Daniel, BBA, MA, Project Coordinator, Tennessee Lives Count Project, Pam Sheffer, Coordinator, Just Us Program, Oasis Center)
C: “The Effects of Substance Abuse on Suicide” (Granger Brown, Coordinator, Substance Abuse Outreach Program, TSPN)
D: “Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue: Taking Care of Yourself in Challenging Times” (Anna Shugart, Director, Emotional Health & Recovery Center, Blount Memorial Hospital)
E: ““Suicidality and Risks of Medications Used to Treat Mental Illness” (Steven M. Burghart, Ph.D., MBA, BCPP, Director of Pharmacy, Rolling Hills Hospital)
When & Where
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is the statewide public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Our grass-roots association which works across the state to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the ultimate intention of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee.