9th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference


                                                           Connection: The Key to Prevention

             Pre-conference trainings:  May 2, 2019   |    Conference: May 3, 2019   |    Kalahari Resort, WI Dells

                                                              Call for Presentations is live!

          Submit a proposal for a breakout session at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSWCallforPresentations


The Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference is more than just a conference.
This is where those interested in suicide prevention in Wisconsin get together to network, learn and recharge. If we are to promote resilience and hope in those living with suicidal thoughts, we need to be in touch with those things in ourselves.
This is the place to do that.

Pre-Conference Trainings - Thursday, April 12, 2018

This year we are offering two Pre-Conference trainings on April 12th. You need not attend the conference in order to attend one of these trainings. While the registration form is combined there are separate fees for the pre-conference trainings and the conference registration.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells
8am - 4:15pm

Extended registration deadline: April 6, 3pm

Conference Agenda >

Keynote Speaker: Mettie Spiess, CWP

EmPOWERed Voices Save Lives!

In this uniquely empowering program, attendees recognize the power of their voice and how to effectively use it to be an advocate for themselves, their patients and their loved ones. Mettie leads the audience on a journey of personal reflection resulting in contagious courage and resilience. View a message from Mettie about what you can expect from the conference: https://youtu.be/O9OJE0SIyCY

Mettie Spiess, CWP, is an international mental health and suicide prevention speaker and the founder of A World Without Suicide. She is known as a champion of change and a voice of hope for diverse audiences including school districts, universities, corporations, and health advocacy organizations. Mettie has trained over 15,000 students, educators, and corporate leaders in her signature "Empowered Voices Save Lives!" program and support curriculum. Do not miss this opportunity to empower YOUR voice and prevent suicide!

Breakout Sessions

The conference features a wide range of breakout sessions designed to be of interest to coalition members, clinicians, educators, public health professionals and others.

Breakout Session Descriptions >>

Lived Experience of Suicidality Panel

Learn how those with lived experience of suicidality can inform our suicide prevention efforts. Hear what has been and has not been helpful in their journeys.

Lived Experience Panel >>

Presentation of the HOPES Award

The HOPES Award is presented annually at the PSW Conference to an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to suicide prevention in Wisconsin. The HOPES Award is dedicated to Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide, a group of suicide loss survivors who spearheaded Wisconsin’s suicide prevention efforts for 19 years.

Exhibit Tables

If you are interested in having an exhibit/resource table at the conference, click here >>

6.25 Continuing Education Hours

The WI Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has authorized NASW-WI to approve 6.25 continuing education hours for this program. At the end of the conference we will provide a certificate documenting your completion of the conference. Individuals who hold credentials other than the ones noted above are responsible for determining whether the NASW approval will satisfy any continuing education requirements associated with your credential.

Reduced Rate Hotel Rooms

A limited number of rooms will be available at the Kalahari until the cutoff date of Monday, March 12 or until the rooms are gone. Book early to receive the reduced rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-253-5466 (additional information).
Rates: Single occupancy $82, 2-4 occupancy $129.

Registration for this event is now closed.

We thank these organizations for their grant support of the conference.


Funding for this conference was made possible in part by grants from the WI Dept. of Health Services (DHS)/Division of Care & Treatment and Division of Public Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by the speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the DHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or the State of Wisconsin.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Mental Health America of Wisconsin administers the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin conference under a contract with the
Department of Health Services and in collaboration with the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Steering Committee.