Suicide Prevention Summit 2008
September 22, 2008 Eau Claire, WI
Changing Attitudes | Saving Lives
Suicide Prevention Summit 2008
Save a Life through Intervention and Awareness
- Understand the full scope of the problem in our region
- Get information on available resources
- Learn QPR – Questions, Persuade and Refer:: Three simple steps to help you save a life from suicide.
|Suicide is a serious public health problem in our community.|
In 2006, within the Eau Claire/Chippewa 2-County region
- 25 residents died by suicide
- 217 residents were hospitalized with self-inflicted injuries
- 79 emergency department visits were suicide-related
|Suicide is a serious public health problem in our state.|
- It Is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15 – 24
- One in five school students reported seriously considering suicide
- Adult working men and women ages 25 – 64 represent more than two-thirds of the total suicides
- Males age 75 and older are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population
- In 2004 alone, 660 Wisconsin residents took their own lives.
Thanks to the generosity of our partners and sponsors, we are able to offer this important program for $30 (includes instruction, program materials, CEUs and lunch). It is their gift to our community.
Thank you to Julie O’Brien for donating her time to interpret this event for the deaf and hard of hearing.
|Monday, September 22, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Brochure - [PDF] -
|The Florian Gardens
2340 Lorch Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
|“Suicide affects an entire community and, because it is a complex issue, it will take a community to work on it.”
Pat Derer, President, HOPES (Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide)
Who Should Attend
Health Care and Human Service Professionals: Mental Health, Senior, Youth and Public Services Providers; Educators; Law Enforcement; Faith Communities; Post-secondary Students; Parents, Survivors and anyone with an interest in suicide prevention.
- John Humphries, School Psychologist, WI DPI – Facts on the Magnitude of the Problem
- Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, Medical Director, NewStart Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Meriter Hospital – Correlation of Substance abuse and addiction to suicide
- Tim Robertson, MD, Luther Midelfort Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Building human connections and relationships as preventatives.
- Christine Severson, MS, NLSC, School Counselor - Sparta Area School District, Suicide Prevention Coordinator-Mental Health America of Wisconsin -- QPR Training
QPR (Gatekeeper) training is the 3 step process of identifying, supporting, and referring people who show signs of considering suicide. You will come to recognize the common myths, warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors related to suicide. You will also learn the skills of asking about suicide, persuading the person to get assistance and making referrals (QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer).
- Individuals sharing their Personal Stories
$30 (includes instruction, program materials, CEUs and lunch).
To receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee, you must cancel no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program date. There will be no refunds for cancellations after this time.
Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Professional Chaplains, and Funeral Directors will earn 5 Continuing Education Hours (.5 CEUs) for participation in this program.
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
Eau Claire Area School District
HOPES – Helping Others Prevent
and Educate about Suicide
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education
Luther Midelfort – Mayo Health System
Chippewa Falls Unified School District
Lutheran Social Services
Rogers Memorial Hospital
The Healing Place of Sacred Heart Hospital
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire Counseling Center
John and Ruth Wallace
Catholic Area Schools of the
Eau Claire Deanery
Chippewa Valley Professional
Eau Claire Coalition for Youth
Eau Claire County Department of Human
Services Coordinated Services Team Coordinating Committee
First Things First, LTD
St. James The Greater Catholic Church
Thank you to WEAU TV Channel 13 for featuring the Summit on WEAU 13 NEWS Today with Judy Clark.
- Altoona School District
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
- Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley
- Catholic Area Schools of the Eau Claire Deanery
- Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10
- Children’s Mental Health Alliance Chippewa Valley
- Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
- Chippewa Area Catholic Schools
- Chippewa County Department of Human Services
- Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
- Chippewa Valley Professional Counseling, LLC
- Chippewa Valley Technical College
- Downtown Clergy Association
- Eau Claire Area School District
- Eau Claire City-County Health Department
- Eau Claire Coalition for Youth
- Eau Claire County Department of Human Services CST Coordinating Committee
- Eau Claire Police Department
- Eau Claire YMCA
- Faith Connections
- Family Resource Center
- First Things First, LTD
- Great Rivers 211
- HOPES – Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide
- Lutheran Social Services
- MATCh – Mental Health Assistance for Teens and Children
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin
- Northwest Counseling and Guidance Services
- St. James The Greater Catholic Church
- The Healing Place – Sacred Heart Hospital
- United Way of Greater Eau Claire
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Counseling Center
- Western Dairyland Head Start
- Wisconsin Department of Families and Human Services Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
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