The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health presents:

2021 SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE: SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE MIDST OF SOCIAL DISRUPTION
EIGHTH ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE

Friday, September 10
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Via Zoom

It's an unfortunate reality that the current pandemic and other recent events of social unrest will lead to an increased suicide risk for certain populations. Social distancing and quarantines or fear of harm may cause individuals to experience feelings of social and emotional isolation and trigger those currently dealing with suicidal thoughts. Research shows the social and economic fallout from these events may amplify the risk for some people even long after the events have occurred. 

The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health addresses these issues with the “2021 Suicide Prevention Conference: Suicide Prevention in the Midst of Social Disruption,” in the hopes of bringing together experts to address these concerns and to find new and effective ways of staying connected so that others can share them with to those who need it most.

2021 Suicide Prevention Conference Special Events

Training for Crisis Response Planning for Suicide Prevention

Free with conference registration
Thursday, September 9, 2021
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Crisis Response Plan (CRP) is a brief procedure used to reduce an individual's risk for suicidal behavior. The CRP is created collaboratively between a suicidal individual and a trained individual, and is typically handwritten on an index card for easy, convenient access during times of need. The CRP serves as a checklist to follow during periods of intense emotional distress. At its core, the CRP helps someone remember what to do when they feel emotionally overwhelmed. The CRP is comprised of five key sections:

  1. Personal warning signs: personal indicators of an emerging emotional crisis.
  2. Self-management strategies: simple strategies that can be used to help reduce stress or serve as a distraction. 
  3. Reasons for living: things that provide a sense of purpose or meaning in life.
  4. Social support: people who provide support or elevate one's mood during tough times (e.g., friends, family members).
  5. Professional crisis support: contact information for health care providers, crisis hotlines, and emergency services.

The CRP usually takes less than 30 minutes to create. An important part of the CRP is helping individuals to successfully cope with intense levels of distress when faced with problems that seem unsolvable and/or never-ending.

Documentary Screening: "Wake Up"

Free to the public
Thursday, September 9, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Join us for the virtual screening of this powerful and emotional documentary followed by a panel discussion with director, Nate Townsend and Ohio State's Dr. Craig Bryan.

After a friend's unexpected suicide, two St. Louis college students formed a non-profit and began a nationwide journey to explore the cultural and institutional circumstances that failed their friend and 40,000+ other people each year.

Wake Up interweaves the stories of four very different communities affected by suicide — college students, veterans, the LGBT community, and gun owners. Rather than laboring on tragedy and despair, Wake Up focuses on the leaders on the frontlines of prevention, leaving viewers feeling hopeful, informed, and encouraged. It also powerfully illustrates how positive change can be achieved when compassion is practiced over prejudice — an important and timely lesson.

The film features interviews from a number of politicians and leading experts (including Congressman Joe Kennedy and Dr. Thomas Joiner), and is the first and only film to follow the cutting-edge preventative measures being taken by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The project was completely funded by a non-profit in St. Louis called Project Wake Up. They have a solid base of supports to promote the film.

Join us for the virtual screening of this powerful and emotional documentary followed by a panel discussion with director, Nate Townsend and Ohio State's Dr. Craig Bryan.

View the trailer here.

Register for conference and special events  Register for “Wake Up” ONLY

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