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2018 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention

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UVU Sorensen Center

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800 West University Parkway

Orem, UT 84058

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The UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention is a single-day event that will provide information on a wide range of issues dealing with the topic of suicide. It is designed to meet the needs and interests of students, professionals, families, service providers, and community members. This year we're pleased to welcome Taryn Aiken as our as our keynote presenter. The program will also include several concurrent sessions intended to help participants find hope, healing, and explore the complex aspects of suicide and prevention. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. Tickets are $70. Registration includes lunch, parking, and all conference materials. *Up to 5 CEUs will be available at the conference free of charge for those interested.

Advanced registration will close at noon on Wednesday, October 3rd.


Keynote: Taryn Aiken

Taryn has spent most of her career in a culture that embraces sharing information. Life brought about experiences that she has used to shape and form her new reality. As a dedicated volunteer, Taryn shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide. She is a survivor of her own attempts as well as a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father Terry Aiken on October 5, 2002. Taryn is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has tirelessly volunteered for the past 13 years. Taryn is a certified safeTALK, CONNECT Postvention and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, facilitating hundreds of seminars to many different groups. Taryn has presented at the Annual EMS Conference, Hill Air Force Base and Fort Douglas. Taryn is a passionate advocate for change and has testified for California Congresswoman Napolitano in Washington D.C. In addition, she shares her voice at our state capitol in support of suicide prevention bills such as H.B. 209. Taryn has been featured in both US News and The Huffington Post. She is widely respected throughout our state for her hard work and dedication to saving lives. In her presentation, Taryn shares the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors for suicidal ideation. She will empower the group in how to ask the question and proper referrals to mental health professionals. Taryn believes that through education about mental disorders we can dispel the myths and stigma that keep people from seeking help in addition she will share tools to help build resiliency in our communities. Taryn believes we must create a culture that is smart about mental wellness. Taryn is currently a full time student at Utah Valley University pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Her belief in the power of hope to save a life and the power of human connection transforms her approach to suicide prevention.


Plenary Speaker: Michael J. Staley

Michael J. Staley is the Suicide Prevention Research Coordinator and Psychological Autopsy Examiner at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. Staley's current research focuses on 10 to 17 year-old Utahns who died by suicide in the previous two years. This research aims to develop a specific set of risk and protective factors that will inform and guide prevention efforts in schools, communities, and throughout the state. Staley hails from Montana where he graduated from Carroll College. He attended graduate school at the University of New Hampshire where he is currently completing his PhD in sociology. Staley lives in Salt Lake City with his partner, Brayden.


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