About this Event
This year’s 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Summit will focus on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in Suicide Prevention, to present talks that foster hope, transformation and well-being. Collectively we will explore the role all of us can play in suicide prevention.
Day 3 – Sept 11th: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm (Hosted by CalVet)
This session requires special registration – space is limited. Please complete Eventbrite registration to receive Zoom instructions.
08:30 – 09:00: 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony: Moment of Silence & Reflection.
- Introduction: Keith Boylan-Deputy Secretary-Veterans Services Division, CalVet
- Welcome: Colette Thomas (LACDMH), James Zenner (VPAN LACDMH), Steve Peck (CEO, U.S. VETS)
09:00 – 10:30: Session 1: Military & Suicide
- Keynote April Foreman (American Association of Suicidology, Exec Board) “Focusing on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence”
10:40 – 12:10: Session 2: First Responders & Veterans “Who watches the watchers? Protecting and serving those who Protect & Serve”
- Speakers include: Brian Malte (Hope & Heal Fund), Miatta Snetter (U.S. VETS), and Crystal Williams (LACDMH) and more TBA.
- Moderated by: David Weiner (Former Chief of Police, Long Beach VA)
12:30 – 14:00: Session 3: Panel Discussion: “Bringing hope to life: What Suicide Prevention means to me”
- Panelists include: Tess Banko (UCLA/VA Veterans Family Wellness Center), Roberto Alvarez (LA County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Special Assistant, Military and Veterans Affairs), Nathan Graeser (Brigade Chaplain, California Army National Guard), and Eric Barrera (VPAN LACDMH & Marine Corps Veteran)
- Moderated by: Robert K. Stohr (Executive Director, U.S. VETS Patriotic Hall)
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