Suicide Listening Session Forum (Milwaukee)

Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:30 AM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
3:00 PM
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee WI

The month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. In an effort to address the high rates of suicide in Native youth ages 15-24 years, the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center will be hosting a Suicide Listening Session Forum that will provide an opportunity to hear from and interact with national and local subject matter experts in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) behavioral health, health care providers, graduate students, Tribal Leaders, suicide prevention program personnel, school administrators, Native organizations, and community members committed to addressing the mental health needs of AI/AN students in secondary and tertiary education. I invite you to join us in this very important discussion about addressing suicide risk on an individual and system level for Native students in Wisconsin.

The objectives of the Suicide Listening Session Forum are to:

Increase awareness and understanding of suicide risk in AI/AN youth ages 15-24 years;

Create insight into the factors that place AI/AN youth at greater risk for suicide;

Identify how high schools, colleges, and universities can support the behavioral health needs of AI/AN students;

Strengthen collaboration between high schools, colleges, universities, and AI/AN behavioral health programs, AI/AN behavioral health service providers, and Native organizations;

Provide best practice recommendations for establishing culturally responsive systems of care to address behavioral health needs and suicide risk in AI/AN students.

Listening Session Speakers:

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger (Dale) Walker (Cherokee). Dr. Walker is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University. He is Director of the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian Health, Education and Research.

An AI/AN expert health panel will offer information geared at developing culturally competent systems of care for AI/AN students in secondary and tertiary school settings.

An AI/AN undergraduate and graduate student panel will convene to shed light on specific mental health and wellness issues prevalent among Native college youth, and the types of support these students have found helpful while obtaining their education.

Supporting the mental health and wellness of youth in our communities and identifying ways to support families is a top priority for GLIIHC and for many of us. Please join us for this Suicide Listening Session Forum to begin these important discussions together. --- Dr. Lyle Ignace, CEO


Q: Is there a cost to attend this event?

A: No, there is not a cost associated with this event.

Q: Is there a block of rooms available for overnight stay at the Potawatomi Hotel for those travelling from a distance?

A: Yes, there is room block available. If you would like to reserve a room, please call the Potawatomi Hotel and inform them that you would like to reserve a room for the GLIIHC event being hosted at the Hotel on September 12.

Q: Will GLIIHC cover the cost of the hotel room if I reserve a room?

A: No, unfortunately GLIIHC cannot cover hotel room costs.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A: Please feel free to contact Deborah Black, Deputy Director, Department of Behavioral Health at 414-316-5046 or at with any questions.