Suicide Prevention Conference “Lifelong Stories of Hope” scheduled for September 9

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Community Suicide Prevention of Eastern Idaho has announced that its 2022 conference – titled “Stories of Hope Across the Lifespan” – will be held on September 9.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ballroom of Idaho State University’s Pond Student Union Building.

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and Community Suicide Prevention of Eastern Idaho invites community members to attend its annual conference to learn about the steps individuals can take to prevent suicide and better support those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Continuing education units will be available for professionals.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be a video of Emma Benoit as she discusses her struggle with suicidal ideation and what she has done to educate others about suicide prevention.

“Suicide awareness education is the key to suicide prevention,” said John Aebischer, chair of the conference planning committee and president of Community Suicide Prevention of Eastern Idaho. “This year we have the opportunity to learn from people in every age group and how suicide has affected them. This will be helpful in learning ways to prevent suicide with anyone we work with.

The goals of the conference are to increase knowledge about suicide, reduce the stigma associated with emotional health issues, and inspire every attendee to take at least one action to reduce suicide.

These actions may include suicide prevention training such as QPR, Mental Health First Aid or ASIST; attend outreach events; to give money; or simply reach out to a loved one to see how they are doing.

Register for the conference here: https://bit.ly/3CobQ0O.

Additionally, the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, organized by Idaho State University and Community Suicide Prevention, will begin on the Idaho State Quad in Pocatello on Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.