The Denton County Chapter of the Military Veteran Peer Network, Denton County MHMR and local community partners will hold a day long Suicide Awareness, Training and Prevention event on June 21 at the Next Steps Center in Lewisville. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Many experts consider suicide to be a preventable death. Studies show that training and community involvement can reduce suicides. Although we will focus on Veteran suicides at the event, most of the information and training is applicable to all populations.
Local mental health counselors, MHMR Denton County and the Veterans Health Administration will participate in panel discussions to provide practical and understandable information designed to give community members the skills and confidence to deal with this growing health crisis.
8 a.m. - Doors open for sign-in, networking and light refreshments. Resource tables will be set up.
9 a.m. - Event kicks-off with remarks and proclamations
9:30 a.m. – Administrative remarks and explanation of the agenda
9:45 a.m. – break
10 a.m. Key Note Speaker, Tim Keesling, Director, Veterans Mental Health Coordination and Programs, Office of Mental Health Coordination, Texas Health and Human Services
10:45 a.m. – break
11 a.m. – Resources for all matters related to Suicide in the city, county and state – (MCOT, First Responders, Treatment Protocol, LOSS Team, Coroner’s Office, Non-Profit sector)
Noon - lunch
1 p.m - Suicide risk among special populations.
1-3 p.m. – Special Training Session with CEUs for Veteran Service Providers
1:45 – break
2 p.m. – Types/levels of suicide prevention training available locally; followed by training session using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale Assessment or other tool for the general public.
2:45 p.m. – Break
3-4 p.m. - Facilitator led discussion of what initiatives we can implement now, followed by closing remarks and a hot wash