2019 Conference Highlights

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Connection: The Key to Prevention
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Person Centered Planning and Suicide Prevention for People with Disabilities
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Understanding Racial Trauma Risk
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The Invisible Population: LGBTQ Youth Suicide Risk & Prevention Efforts
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2019 HOPES Award Winners
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Lived Experience Panel


Thank you to everyone who attended this year's conference! We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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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.

Join us at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells
Pre-Conference Trainings - Thursday, May 2

This year we are offering two Pre-Conference trainings on May 2. You need not attend the conference in order to attend one of these trainings. Or, you can attend one in conjuction with the conference. While the registration form is combined there are separate fees for the pre-conference trainings and the conference registration.

Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals

Compassion Resilience (CR) Facilitation Team Training: A Toolkit for Schools and Health & Human Service Organizations


Conference - Friday, May 3 (8am - 4:30pm)

Registration deadline: April 19

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Meier, "Connection: The Key to Prevention"

Isolation and social disconnect are associated with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other clinical diagnosis correlated with suicide.  In this talk Mark will discuss the role social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual isolation plays in the maintenance, recurrence, and exacerbation of suicidal thoughts and attempts. Drawing on the work and experiences of the Face It Foundation, an organization with a goal to help men understand and overcome depression and reduce the rate of male suicide, Mark will help you to look at ways to help individuals who feel all alone in this world connect with others and themselves to reduce the incidence of suicide.

Participants will:

  • Be able to describe and understand the associations which exist between social isolation and suicide
  • Be able to describe the role subjective feelings of loneliness have on suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Be able to describe and utilize two strategies to help others develop resiliency skills and build connections to address isolation and loneliness

Mark Meier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24 years of clinical, professional, and academic experience on mental health issues.  Mark has delivered over 350 talks and trainings across the United States on mental health related issues and has been a frequent contributor to multiple television, radio, and print efforts focused on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention. In 2009, Mark co-founded the Face It Foundation to provide free peer support services to men who deal with depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and in many cases have attempted suicide.  Today, Face It serves over 150 men each month with 14 support groups, education, retreats, and other recovery-based activities.  Along with his work at Face It, Mark is on staff in the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine, taught a Mood Disorders seminar for 6 years in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and he has been adviser for multiple research studies on depression/anxiety through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In addition to his professional and academic work, Mark is the survivor of his own suicide attempt 16 years ago, which led to a hospitalization and personal recovery effort.

Breakout Sessions

The conference features a wide range of breakout sessions designed to be of interest to coalition members, clinicians, educators, public health professionals, clergy, law enforcement and anyone interested in suicide prevention on a local and statewide level.

Breakout Session Descriptions >>

Lived Experience of Suicide Panel

How can we think more broadly about lived experience as expertise? Learn from our 2019 panelists how lived experience of suicide can inform prevention efforts in Wisconsin.

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. This year's winners are Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, Inc. and Shel Gross. Read more about our winners >>

Sponsorship, Ad Space & Exhibit Tables

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

6.75 Continuing Education Hours

The WI Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has authorized NASW-WI to approve 6.75 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 available until April 1

A limited number of rooms will be available at the Kalahari until the cutoff date of Monday, April 1 or until the rooms are gone. Book early to receive the reduced rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-253-5466. Rooms are held under the 2019 Prevent Suicide Wisconsin room block. Rates: Single occupancy $82, 2-4 occupancy $129.

                                                                               Cost: $85


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at info@mhawisconsin.org or 414-336-7969 or 414-336-7970.

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 Services and Division of Public Health, and the WI Dept. of Public Instruction/Student Services – Prevention & Wellness Team. 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.