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Registration is open for the September 19 event.

Now in its third year, the 2022 Southeast Ohio Suicide Prevention Conference will be held in person at Ohio University’s Walter Hall Rotunda on Monday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organized by Athens-Hocking-Vinton Council 317, Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, Ohio University School of Nursing, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Ohio Chapter, This conference will provide attendees with training, education and support related to suicide prevention and postvention.

“80% of teens report feelings of loneliness and isolation, and one-third describe these feelings as persistent and painful,” notes conference keynote speaker and mental health advocate Reed Byers.

“Our children are crying out for help. Our communities are crying out for help. We all need a message of hope and inspiration, but beyond that, we need more. We need connection. We have laid the groundwork to connect people to help during crisis situations. Now is the time to examine the culture that creates these crises and how, as a community, we can lovingly serve together to prevent them.

Additional keynote presentations will be made by local suicide survivors and mental health advocates, Taylor Sappington and Denise Meine-Graham. Other conference presentation topics include:

– Postvention

– Suicide risk related to substance use and gambling

– Suicide prevention in schools

– Military culture and suicide

– Gun Safety

General admission is $65 and includes lunch and parking. A limited number of discounts are available for veterans, behavioral health employees and students. Registrations are open on this link:

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