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The Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative is excited to announce our 2024 Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium.

This year’s event will be an in-person event in Mesquite, Texas, with a day and a half full of presentations, panels, and loss prevention seminars.

  • September 18, 2024 – General Sessions, 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • September 19, 2024 – Texas LOSS Team Conference, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon

 When: September 18 – 19, 2024. September 19, 2024 will be a half day.

Hotel Accommodations:  Hampton Inn, 1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149
The Hampton Inn has a guest room block, and you can start booking reservations! Contact the Hampton Inn here:
Booking Link: Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Call 972-329-3100 and reference group name or code.
GROUP NAME: Texas Suicide Prevention Coll.

Format: This year’s symposium will be in person. Sessions will be recorded for future viewing.

Registration: Registration will open June 10, 2024.

Exhibitor Information: To register as an exhibitor, please visit https://form.jotform.com/240706385126152.

CEUs: CEUs will be offered for professional categories awarded by Texas NASW. Documentation will be provided that is usually sufficient for other professions as well.

Nurse Contact Hours: Nursing contact hours available! Terri Goodman and Associates is an approved provider of continuing nurses’ education by the Texas Nurses Association and an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CONTACT HOURS, PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE NURSING CONTINUING EDUCAITON TABLE FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

Texas Education Agency (TEA): CPE hours available! Our provider # is 902257.

Law Enforcement: TCOLE hours may be available. Please check with your agency. Work through your department’s training coordinator to get attendance approval. After the training, take the provided certificate of completion, agenda, and speaker packet to your coordinator. This coordinator will submit hours per their electronic reporting system.

Special Accommodations: Please contact Zelda.Gomez@TexasSuicidePrevention.org for more information.

Recording and Photography in Progress: All events will be recorded, both audio and visual, as well as photographed. By attending the symposium, you are agreeing to sharing your likeness, photograph, and comments both written and verbal for use in informational and marketing efforts associated with the symposium.

Content Is the Responsibility of the Presenter: Presentations, content, tools, and resources provided in conjunction with the symposium, its follow-on activities, and other content are the sole responsibility of its author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or endorsement of any local, state, or federal agency or the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative, its employees, contractors, Board of Directors, or event sponsors. The Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative makes no warranty of the effectiveness of the information contained in any materials, presentations, discussion, or other media or its content’s ability to reduce or prevent a suicide death or attempt. All content is for informational purposes only and does not convey clinical advice, diagnosis, or treatment protocols and should not be used to formulate treatment plans for yourself or others without consultation with a licensed mental health professional. Zoom and the conference facility are not HIPAA compliant; please do not share publicly identifiable health information about yourself or others on this platform.

Sponsorship: Our lunch sponsors are Charlie Health and Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative.


Our Wellness Room Sponsor

Interested in a sponsorship?
Contact Zelda.Gomez@texassuicideprevention.org


SEPTEMBER 18, 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (subject to change)

7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon: National and state keynote presentations

  • Welcome – Dr. Courtney Harvey, Associate Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services
  •  National and 988 Updates – James Wright, Office of the Assistant Secretary, SAMHSA
  • State Update – Tammy Weppelman, Director of Suicide Prevention, Policy and Services, Office of Mental Health Coordination, Behavioral Health Services, Texas HHSC
  • Panel Discussion
    o Law Enforcement – Dr. David Rozek, Director of Strategy and Evaluation, STRONG STAR Training Initiative
    o Youth – Dr. Tobi Fuller, Clinical Research Manager, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    o Men’s Mental Health – Bart Andrews, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Health Response

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Council awards and lunch keynote – Dr. S. Craig Watkins, Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor and Executive Director, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Afternoon Tracks

Track 1: Community-Based Suicide Prevention

  • Best Practice Approaches – Dr. Deb Stone, Senior Advisor and Project Lead for the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, Division of Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control
  • Rural Communities – Dr. Lena Heilman, Director Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention
  • The Role of Family and Friends – Dr. Dev Crasta, Senior Instructor, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Feedback Informed Therapy – Bart Andrews, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Health Response
  • Crisis Response Planning – Dr. David Rozek, Director of Strategy and Evaluation, STRONG STAR Training Initiative
  • Peri Health – Dr. Latoya Frolov, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Track 2: Service Member, Veteran, and Family

  • VA Update – Dr. Lisa Kearney, Senior Advisor for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Defense Department Update – Dr. Alicia Matteson, Senior Advisor, Psychological Health, Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office
  • Service Member Transitions and Suicide Prevention
  • Dr. Joe Geraci, Director, VA Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran and Suicide Prevention Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Jill Palmer, Chief of Behavioral Health, Endeavors

SEPTEMBER 19, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Texas LOSS Team Conference

  • Dr. Frank Campbell, Creator of the LOSS Team model
  • Martha and Chris Thomas, Co-Founders, The Defensive Line
  • Tammy Weppelman, Director of Suicide Prevention, Policy, and Services, Texas HHSC

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The Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative relies on generous contributions from community members like you to support our work. The fact is that persons who are impacted by mental illness or who need support for suicide prevention, suicide loss, or a previous attempt rarely come into contact with the public mental health system. Many go without treatment or support at all.

To help communities, we must build and support locally available resources for those who may be at risk of suicide—and that’s the essential work of the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative. Given the size of Texas, this task is challenging, but with your support, we can accomplish it—together.

We now accept crypto donations along with traditional monetary donations. Please support those who need help in your community today.

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