NH DHHS Announces 8th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference Conference Theme: Healing, Hope and Health
Concord – The State Suicide Prevention Council, in partnership with the
National Alliance on Mental Illness–NH Chapter and the Youth Suicide
Prevention Assembly are announcing the 8th Annual Suicide Prevention
Conference. This year’s conference theme is Healing, Hope and Health. The
Conference will be held Friday, November 4, at the SERESC Center in
Bedford, and begins at 9 AM.
The Conference keynote speaker, Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., will share his
expertise on why people die by suicide. Dr. Joiner, a clinical
psychologist wholost his own father by suicide has written or edited 15
books, including Why People Die by Suicide and Myths About Suicide. Dr.
Joiner will explore the myths about suicide which he describes as “numerous
and pervasive; they represent a public health nuisance. Dispelling them is
thus important, and can shed new light on the phenomenon.”
The Conference is open to anyone interested in suicide prevention from
survivors of suicide loss to professionals working in the field. There
will be a wide range of presentations and workshops including one by TIGER
(Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education & Responsibility), a professional
theatre company from Plymouth State University, designed to help youth,
schools, families and communities deal proactively and positively with
social issues. Other topics include managing mental Illness compounded by
substance abuse; veterans’ reintegration after returning from war, and
helping children cope with grief after suicide loss.
The Conference is being held at the SERESC Center in Bedford. For more
information on this event, the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly, or
other ongoing suicide prevention activities in NH, visit www.naminh.org. To
register for the event, please email Cindi.j.Lapointe@dartmouth.edu
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults
up to age 24 and the fourth leading cause of death for adults ages 25 -54.
Nationally, veterans account for one fifth of all suicide deaths. If you
are worried about someone or are suicidal, please call 1-800-273-TALK, a
24/7 crisis line. Help is available.