The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Crisis Services, Student Affairs, and the Veteran’s Center are pleased to present the 2021 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. This single-day conference on Friday, October 29, 2021, is designed to meet the needs and interests of professionals, service providers, families, community members, and students. It will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with the complex social, economic, psychological, and physiological issues related to suicide and suicide prevention.
This year, we are thrilled to be able to meet in person once again. However, we still want to welcome those who might feel more comfortable attending virtually. For the first time ever, participants will be able to choose to attend either in-person or virtually. All attendees--whether they attend virtually or in-person--will be able to access all the conference content, including recordings of the conference presentations, for two full weeks after the conference date. Virtual attendees will be able to attend a virtual exhibitor fair and view graduate student poster presentations, while live attendees can attend these activities in person. We anticipate that we will offer professional CEUs endorsed by NASW.
We are delighted to welcome Anne Moss Rogers as our keynote presenter. Anne is a TEDx storyteller, certified suicide prevention trainer, NAMI Virginia board member, and the award-winning author of Diary of a Broken Mind. After her 20-year-old son, Charles, died by suicide on June 5, 2015, Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral. Her blog, Emotionally Naked, has reached millions. She has been featured in the New York Times and was the first suicide loss survivor ever invited to speak at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, will be published in August 2021.
An afternoon plenary presentation will be delivered in a virtual format by Dr. Rheeda Walker. Dr. Walker is an award-winning professor of psychology, a fellow in the American Psychological Association, and a leading scholar who has published more than 60 scientific papers on African American mental health, suicide risk, and emotional resilience. Dr. Walker's impact has extended beyond academia with the release of her first book, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, which lays out practical strategies for addressing psychological well-being.
In addition, several concurrent sessions dealing with the topic of suicide and its impact on adults and children are also planned.