11th Annual Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention to be held in Butte on Friday, July 28, 2023

Billings, Mont. (MT) – The 11th Annual Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention will be held at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center Billings, Montana on Friday, July 28, 2023. Attendee check-in starts at 7:30 AM and the conference program begins at 8 AM. The Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention is a statewide conference hosted annually by the Montana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with financial assistance from multiple community partners and sponsors across the state.

This conference brings together citizen advocates and healthcare professionals alike, delivering curated content from proven experts. The goal is to equip attendees with tools, strategies, and resources they can use to innovate their practices.

“Our aim is to provide clinically-sound, evidence-based information, including actionable strategies that clinicians can implement in their practices and with their patients immediately. With generous financial assistance from our many sponsors across the state and region, we can host this conference with world-class content at no charge to attendees. It’s important to make sure that providers across Montana and the region are up to speed on the most innovative information possible,” said Dr. Jennifer Preble, Conference Co-Chair and AFSP Montana Chapter Board President.

According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021 Montanans died by suicide at a rate of 32.15 per 100K—the second highest suicide rate in the nation and over double the national average. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Montanans between ages 10 and 44.

The conference theme is Suicide Prevention in Maternal and Pediatric Care. Montana Chapter representatives are excited to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM is currently the Chief Clinical Officer and co-founder of Concert Health. Dr. Little is a nationally and internationally known speaker for her work in integrating primary care and behavioral health, developing sustainable integrated delivery systems and suicide prevention. Conference attendees will also hear from many of Montana’s foremost experts about suicide prevention initiatives and practices specific to Montana’s unique cultural and geographical landscape.

Professionals who register and attend the Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention in person can earn free professional Continuing Education credits for free. Behavioral Health licensees will receive 5.75 CEUs and Registered Nurses will receive 3.75 Contact Hours. Certificates will be issued at the conclusion of the conference.

For more information on the Annual Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention: montanacosp.org

For more information on AFSP Montana Chapter: afsp.org/Montana

 

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