The 2017 Conference on Suicide will focus on the following KEY THEMES:



What do we know about the nature, causes, and management of suicidal behavior and related disorders? Featuring Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. Florida State University, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

What do we know about suicide in bipolar disorders? What can we do to minimize risk and adopt prevention strategies? Featuring Melvin McInnis, M.D. Principal Investigator and Scientific Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, Associate Director, U of M Depression Center.

Understand the Zero Suicide Initiative, a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems, and learn about specific set of strategies and tools necessary to adopt the initiative. Featuring Doree Ann V. Espiritu, M.D. Doctor of Psychiatry, Henry Ford Health System, Behavioral Health Services.


Suicide touches youth and educational institutions in dramatic ways. What do we know about reducing the risk of youth suicide? What can educators and mental health professionals do to reduce the impact of bullying and social media pressure that tragically impacts young people and their families? What can we do to refresh and reinforce crisis management plans? Featuring Cheryl King Ph.D. Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Michigan and Director of the Youth Depression Suicide Research Program.

Why are people with eating disorders more likely to kill themselves than any other psychiatric condition? How can we enhance our skills, and increase our confidence in treating this high-stakes population? Featuring Kristin Francis, M.D. Child and adolescent inpatient psychiatrist, University Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of Utah Health.



What do we know about the suicide epidemic among active military and veterans? How can we address the mental health needs of the military and veterans, reduce the incidents of suicide and eliminate the stigma associated with mental healthcare? Featuring Major General (ret) Mark Graham and Carol Graham, Champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness. Michele Cornette, Ph.D. Senior program analyst at Defense Suicide Prevention Office, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


How do mental health conditions and suicide impact the workplace? What can employers and labor unions do to embrace innovative and effective suicide prevention programs for working-aged people? Featuring Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur.



How do we survive the death of a loved one by suicide and understand the grieving process? Hear survivors of suicide loss sharing their experience and feelings. What can we do to cope with and survive a suicide attempt? How do we resolve the question "Why?"

Featuring Judy Collins, Award-winning singer-songwriter, filmmaker, speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. Judith Burdick, M.A., L.L.P. Presenting her film Transforming Loss. Deena Baxter, Wellness advocate and author of Surviving Suicide: Searching for "Normal" with Heartache and Humor.

The Conference will also offer panel discussions and breakout presentations on a variety of topics.

CE credit available.

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Who's Invited:

  • Health Care Professionals, Social Workers, Mental Health Providers, Crisis Center Workers, First Responders
  • School Counselors & Administrators, Educators, Students and Parents
  • Employers and Union Leadership, H.R. Directors, Construction Workers, Lawyers and other Professionals
  • Veterans and Active Military, Government Policy Makers and Community Leaders
  • Loss Survivors and Attempt Survivors of Suicide
Title: The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide
Status: Closing date exceeded
Begin: Thursday, November 09, 2017 02:00 pm
End: Saturday, November 11, 2017 05:00 pm
Closing date: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 12:00 pm
Presented by: Kevin's Song panel of Presenters
Who Should Attend: Professionals, Counselors, Veterans, Survivors
Location: The Inn at St. John's. Plymouth, MI
Seats available: General Admission