Welcome to #TxSP24

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.

  • IN PERSON ONLY (select sessions will be recorded)
  • 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

Free to attend, free CEUs!!

To reserve a room at the conference rate:
Call 972 -329-3100
GROUP NAME: Texas Suicide Prevention Coll.

SEPT 18: 7:45-5:30pm: General Session – including Community and SMVF Tracks in the afternoon.
SEPT 19 2024, 7:45am-12:00 – Texas LOSS Team Conference

Register for the Symposium

Hosted by

Texas Suicide Prevention Council

Symposium Coordination by

Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative


Hampton Inn Mesquite
1700 Rodeo Drive 
Mesquite, Texas 75149


Discounted Rates through June 15! HERE

Hotel Registration: 

    SEPT 18 2024, 7:45-5:30 (subject to change)

    7:45am-12:00: 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
    • Texas Updates – Tammy Weppelman, Director of Suicide Prevention, Policy and Services, Texas HHSC

    Suicide Prevention National Panel Discussion

    • Law Enforcement: Dr. David Rozek, Director of Strategy and Evaluation, STRONG STAR Training Initiative
    • Youth: Dr. Tobi Fuller, Clinical Research Manager, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Men’s Mental Health: Bart Andrews, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Health Response

    12:00-1:15: 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: Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

    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

    Clinical Tools
    Feedback Informed Therapy, Bart Andrews, BHR
    – Crisis Response Planning, Dr. David Rozek, STRONG STAR Training Initiative
    – Peri Health, Dr. Latoya Frolov, UT Southwestern Medical Center


    Track 2: Service Member, Veteran and Families

    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 Service member/Veteran and Suicide Prevention Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs
    – Dr. Jill Palmer, Chief of Behavioral Health, Endeavors

    AGENDA: SEPT 19 2024, 7:45am-12:00 – 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


    CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 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 RECIEVE YOUR CONTACT HOURS, PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE NURSING CONTINUING EDUCATION 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. TCOLE Instructions: Work through your department’s training coordinator to get attendance approval. After the training, take the provided certificate of completion, and agenda and speaker packet to your coordinator. This coordinator will submit hours per their electronic reporting system.

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: The Hampton Inn has a guest room block, and you can start booking reservations! Contact the Hampton Inn here:

    There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early! There are several other hotels in the area, including the following:

    • Holiday Inn Express
    • Comfort Inn and Suites
    • Fairfield Inn and Suites
    • Townplace Suites
    • Courtyard by Marriott

    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 agree to sharing your likeness, photograph, 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 does 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 advise, diagnosis, treatment protocols for your 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.

    If you are interested in a sponsorship, contact Zelda.Gomez@texassuicideprevention.org

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


    Our Wellness Room Sponsor

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