The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, UVU Crisis Services Department, UVU Student Health Center, Student Affairs and the UVU Veteran’s Success Center are pleased to present the 2022 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. This single-day event is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022 beginning at 9am.
Although still in the planning stages, the conference will be presented in both a virtual and live face-to-face format. This ‘hybrid’ format will allow for those who wish to attend in person, and those who prefer an online experience, to enjoy the conference.
The conference virtual portal will host all conference session recordings (whether presented live in person, or via webinar) for a full two weeks. During this time, registered participants will have access to the sessions, videos of special presentations (such as the annual Memorial Dove Launch) and virtual exhibit booths (featuring information on resources and services offered by our sponsors and supporters). Continuing education units (for DOPL licensing requirements) can be earned throughout the entire conference period. The conference will close permanently on Friday, October 21st at 5pm.
We are pleased to announce our keynote for this year – Kevin Briggs. Sergeant Kevin Brigg’s story and lived experiences have been featured all around the world since his first book, Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, was released in 2015. Briggs is a retired California Highway Patrol officer who spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. While on patrol, he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life by a thread – individuals who had lost hope and could see no way out of their current situation - ready to jump off the bridge to what they assumed was a sudden death and ending of their pain and hopelessness. Through his compassion, he encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to start a new chapter in their life, and to keep on living. These challenging, but rewarding, efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” After a 23-year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded to promote Crisis Management, Suicide Prevention, and Leadership Skills.
We will also feature at least one plenary session, and several concurrent sessions dealing with the topic of suicide and its impact on adults and children are also planned. The program is intended to meet the interests/needs of students, professionals, service providers and community members. We will also host several graduate student poster presentations reflecting the focus of current student research on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention.