Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bridging the Divide CFP Deadline is February 1

SPCC is excited to announce that the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be heldMay 4-6, 2016, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.  
This year's theme is, "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery," and this state-wide conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one's suicide attempt or death.

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit.We are seeking presentations for three educational tracks:
  • Resiliency: This track will address the concept of resiliency and how it relates to suicide prevention, mental illness, and suicide loss survivors.
  • Recovery: This track addresses the ways in which people achieve, demonstrate, and maintain recovery from risks, trauma, loss, and suicidal thinking or acts.
  • Research: This track addresses promising research developments in the field of suicide prevention and mental wellness.

We are eager to showcase ways in which our colleagues are using research to inform the development of best practices, and working to promote resiliency and recovery for at-risk individuals. For more information and/or to submit a proposal, please click this link to download the Call for Presentations. Submissions are due by close of business on February 1, 2016. Speakers will be notified by February 16 if their presentation was accepted.
The BtD Planning Committee has been hard at work to make sure you have an educational and thought provoking experience. We have confirmed Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, as a keynote speaker. Crosby is the Branch Chief of the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His work involves descriptive and analytic research and community technical assistance in the prevention of self-directed violence, interpersonal violence among adolescents, firearm-related injuries, and assault among minorities.

In addition to the Call for Presentations, we are also seeking sponsors for the Summit. Please visit the sponsorship page for more information on the sponsorship categories and benefits. Sponsorship funds help support conference speakers and scholarships and provide your organization with outreach/networking opportunities to an engaged audience.

Please continue to check the Summit web site for updated information as it becomes available. Registration will open on February 16, 2016.

We hope to see you May 4-6, 2016, at Regis University. You don't want to miss the educational and networking opportunities provided by attending this meeting!

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