2016 Statewide Suicide Prevention Training



8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Timezone - CST

@ Various Locations


Angie Wanger
(217) 522-5687



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

8:30a – 4:15p (registration starting at 8a)

Lincoln Land Community College

Trutter Center Conference Room

5250 Shepherd Rd., Springfield, IL 62794-9256


Satellite sites also available at:

  • Rockford – University of Illinois Rockford
  • Chicago – Chicago Read
  • Mattoon – Lakeland Community College
  • Collinsville – Illinois State Police
  • Carterville – John A Logan College


Attendee (Springfield) = $60

Attendee (Satellite sites) =$50


8:00 – 8:30    Registration

8:30 – 9:00    Opening Remarks/Welcoming Address

9:00-10:45     Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt

10:45-11:00  Break

11:00-12:00  Strategies for Creating a Successful County-Wide Suicide Prevention Collaboration

12:00–1:30    Lunch / Panel Discussion

Highlighting Local Suicide Prevention Efforts, Resources and Services

1:30-1:45       Break

1:45—2:45     Adolescent Suicide Prevention

2:50—3:50     National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Follow Up Grant

3:50—4:15     Final Remarks, DPH/OHPm staff and/or an additional ISPA representative


About the Conference

The Illinois Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program, in conjunction with the Illinois Public Health Association and Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance are pleased to announce the 2016 Illinois statewide suicide prevention training, Preventing Suicide: Everyone has a Role to be held May 24, 2016 at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL.  Satellite sites also will be held in Chicago, Rockford, Mattoon, Collinsville and Carterville, IL.  

The training, which is expected to attract 200 - 300 participants, has been tailored for professionals interested in learning more about various suicide prevention strategies and how they apply across occupational lines.   This includes those that work in a variety of settings, such as professionals whose work includes, but is not limited to, clinicians, community coalitions, educators, first responders, nurses, physicians, recovery support specialists, social workers, to name a few.

The training will consist of a day of general sessions. 

  • Keynote - Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live (www.kevinhinesstory.com). Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally.


Through his tireless advocacy and policy efforts of over ten years, Kevin has been a leading champion for constructing a suicide prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge and was instrumental in success of the approved funding on June 2014.

  • General Sessions on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and follow-up efforts, local coalition efforts and current research.
  • Each site will host a panel of local experts to talk about collaboration and networking in their area. The goal is to encourage local collaboration, networking and increase awareness of local strategies. 


The training provides many opportunities for organizations to participate in and support the goal of the training, which is to bring together stakeholders from across the state. Please review the following pages and indicate your interest on the following forms.

Conference Purpose

The purpose of the training is multi-fold.  A goal of the training is to increase provider knowledge regarding suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention/aftercare.  Specifically, the training will increase knowledge of warning signs of suicide.

The training will provide specific tools and resources for attendees to take to the workplace, etc. for their own suicide prevention efforts.  The training will offer hands-on resources as well as programmatic information.  In particular, specific programs recognized as best practices will be presented at the training. 

The 2014 and 2015 trainings increased momentum of suicide prevention efforts in Illinois and generated more energy and interest from stakeholders.  The 2016 training is aimed at continuing the momentum and moving participants to action.  Participants will identify their role in continued implementation of the National and Illinois Strategy Plans on Suicide Prevention. 

Additionally, the planning committee would like to ensure the voices of persons with lived experience and survivors are represented in the development of the conference.

Intended Audience

Participants include those that work in a variety of settings, such as professionals whose work include, but are not limited to, clinicians, community coalitions, educators, first responders, nurses, physicians, recovery support specialists, and social workers.

Participants may also include youth and young adults who are active leaders in the field of suicide prevention.

Continuing Education:

CEUs are being applied for multiple professions, such as:

  • School personnel –Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals
  • Licensed Attendees (LCPC, LPC, LSW, LCSW, OT, OTA, PT, PTA, APN, RN, LPN, Licensed Psychologists)
  • CHES
  • Universal
  • Mobile Training Unit (MTU)
  • Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs (P.A. 94-354) and Sheriffs (P.A. 88-586,)
  • First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic, Pre-hospital RN/ECRN and EMS Instructors (site code 031600E0515)


Questions? Please contact: