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Attendee = $75


Featured Keynote Sessions  

  • Overview of Suicide Prevention in Health Care Systems, Michael Hogan, Ph.D.
  • Personal Perspectives of Suicide Survivors: a Panel Discussion


About the Conference

The Illinois Department of Public Health Injury Prevention and Violence Program (IVPP), in conjunction with the Illinois Public Health Association, and Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance are pleased to announce the 2015 Illinois statewide suicide prevention conference, Preventing Suicide Among Youth and Young Adults: Everyone has a Role. The conference planning committee is pleased to be planning this conference as a direct follow-up to the 2014 statewide suicide prevention conference.

Of the many strategies that are being implemented by the Illinois Youth Suicide Prevention Project (IYSPP), hosting a one-day conference promoting and informing professionals on the subject of youth suicide prevention will be the key endeavor to bring stakeholders together from across the field. The conference theme acknowledges that preventing suicide involves collaborative efforts by the entire community, with a special focus on youth and young adults within 10-24 years of age.

By bringing stakeholders together, the conference complements the goals and objectives of the IYSPP and the larger state suicide prevention strategic plan. IVPP appreciates the overwhelming support and guidance provided by the stakeholders in the implementation of numerous statewide efforts. ISYPP is made possible by funding from the Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant awarded to the Illinois Department of Public Health through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of the Garrett Lee Smith grant is to implement statewide youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, of which will be the guiding force of the purpose of this conference.

Conference Purpose

The purpose of the conference is multi-fold. The 2014 conference successfully revitalized suicide prevention efforts in Illinois, however, the energy of these efforts must continue to grow. In addition to increasing provider knowledge and building competency, another goal of the conference is increasing the momentum of suicide prevention efforts in Illinois, focusing on new developments within the field of youth suicide prevention.

While the conference will take a youth and young adult-centric approach in its purpose, it will not exclude any population across the lifespan when considering the importance of prevention.

Conference Goals

Participants will:

1. Gain knowledge, skills and competencies regarding suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention/aftercare. Participants will increase their knowledge of the public health approach to suicide prevention and leave the event with specific tools and resources to take to the workplace, etc. for their own suicide prevention efforts.

2. Become aware of youth and young adult-specific warning signs of suicide. Understand the importance of early detection of emotional and mental disorders, particularly within youth and young adults 10-24 years of age.

3. Understand the importance of integrating best practices into suicide prevention planning.

4. Increase their ability to identify resources locally and nationally, with a focus on avenues of support for youth and young adults. Identify the fact that youth and young adult suicide does not see geographic and cultural barriers, and everyone can play a part in prevention in various ways

5. Identify their role in implementing the National and Illinois Strategic Plans on Suicide Prevention.

6. Engage youth and young adult leaders in the field of suicide prevention into the statewide discussion.

Intended Audience

Participants can include professionals interested in learning more about various youth and young adult suicide prevention strategies and how they apply across occupational lines. This includes anyone who works with people at risk of suicide and their families, such as but not limited to; clinicians, educators, first responders, health educators, nurses, physicians, and social workers. Participants may work with youth directly or indirectly.

Participants may also include youth and young adults who are active leaders in the field of suicide prevention.

Continuing Education:

CEUs are being applied for multiple professions, such as:

  • Mobile Training Unit (MTU)

CEUs have been approved for the following:

  • Six credit hours towards the training requirement mandates of Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs (P.A. 94-354) and Sheriffs (P.A. 88-586,) per approval by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board staff.
  • Eight hours continuing education credits have been awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Health for First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic, Pre-hospital RN/ECRN and EMS Instructors (site code 031600E0515).
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) may apply 6 continuing education hours earned from this conference toward their twelve hour annual continuing education requirement, per approval by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (IDHS/DDD).
  • The IDHS/DDD, as licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations to sponsor continuing education units (CEUs) for training events, approved 6 continuing education hours for the following licensed attendees: Licensed Nursing Home Administrators, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, Licensed Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Licensed Clinical Psychologists. License Numbers in consecutive order: 139-000023; 158-000729; 159-000103; 197-000085; 216000185; 224.000104, 23600033, and 268000013.
  • The Illinois Association of School Social Workers, an ISBE-approved provider of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU), provider #080430115322062, approves 6 hours continuing education for this course. All attendees wishing to receive CPDU must also complete separate ISBE evaluation and evidence of completion forms, available at the check-in table. Evaluation forms must be returned to the check-in table, and evidence of completion forms should go home with the participant.
  • 6 CEUs will be available from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association for this conference for the following attendees: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I or II, CRSS I or II, ATE, MAATP I or II, CFPP I or II
  • Illinois Public Health Association is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is a designated event for CHES to receive Category I CECH in health education. This conference is a designated event for certified health education specialists to receive up to 5.75 Category I CECH in health education.



Hotel Reservations

Blocks of hotel rooms are available for booking at DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington at (309) 664-6446 and Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center at (309) 662-0000.  Please mention “Suicide Prevention Conference” when making your reservation.


Questions? Please contact:

· Angie Wanger, Illinois Public Health Association, (217) 522-5687,

· Jennifer Martin, Illinois Department of Public Health, (217) 558-4081,

· Libby Bair, Illinois Department of Public Health, (217)-558-4813,