Kirk Postlewaite, Vermont Suicide Prevention Center

An internationally known expert in suicide prevention will be the keynote speaker at the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center’s suicide prevention symposium.

Kelly Posner, a psychiatry professor from Columbia University who has worked in saving lives all over the globe, will speak at the Sept. 29 online event.

The U.S. Department of Defense said that Posner’s work is “nothing short of a miracle” and that “her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide.”

Her work has been noted in a keynote speech at the White House and cited in congressional hearings. She gave the lead presentation in a U.S. Senate forum on school safety.

An Israeli government official said her work “is not only saving millions of lives, but in Israel, it is literally changing the way we live our lives.”

The cost to access the symposium is $50 and is recommended for Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition members, health care providers, school staff, other social services providers, individuals with lived experience and anyone who has an interest in learning more to help prevent suicide.

Each ticket enables one user to access all the symposium virtual content during the live event, and the recorded content after the event. There are student and bulk discounts. Visit the website for tickets or more information.

Among topics to be covered:

  • Trauma-informed care approach to suicide prevention
  • Stopping stigma in school: bringing mental health awareness education & suicide prevention to schools
  • Preparing the peer support workforce to support people in crisis
  • Youth suicide prevention in primary care
  • Suicide prevention in high-risk work environments
  • Suicide prevention programming for children and adolescents in K-12 schools
  • The impact of suicide on mental health clinicians: what we know, what we can do.

This day-long symposium is a public-private partnership of Center for Health and Learning and the Vermont Agency of Human Services.





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