Suicide prevention conference scheduled for May 7

The Maine DOE is encouraging those working to prevent suicide in the state’s schools to consider attending the one-day Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s Annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference on May 7 in Portland.

The event serves as a best practice conference offering participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is designed for an adult audience that has attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention, and wishes to expand their knowledge and ability to engage in suicide prevention in Maine. There will be several breakout sessions specific to schools, including how resource officers can support suicide prevention and school protocols and practices on memorialization following a death.

The 2015 theme, “Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention: Pathway to Prevention — Working Toward Zero Suicide in Maine” guides a program of the most up-to-date research on suicidology and evidence-based tools, and provides participants with information to use in everyday practical applications. This year’s conference features national leading experts on suicide assessment and prevention.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Abromson Center at USM’s Portland campus. Registration is $85 per person and contact hours may be available.

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