2013 Prevent Suicide Hawaii Healing After Conference – Nov 20

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR

 
LORETTA J. FUDDY, ACSW, MPH
DIRECTOR

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 14, 2013
CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON SUICIDE PREVENTION AND SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS IN HAWAII
 

HONOLULU – In observance of the 13th annual National Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 23) the Hawaii State Department of Health in conjunction with the Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force and community-based agencies will present the 2013 Prevent Suicide Hawaii Healing After Conference titled “Sustaining Communities, Families, and Individuals Through Life
Promoting Actions.” The conference will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center located at 45-550 Kionaole Rd. in Kaneohe. Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend this annual event which provides hope and assistance for survivors in an atmosphere of support and healing. Sessions will be offered on survivor debriefing, healing through the arts, and strategic planning for suicide prevention in Hawaii.
Conference speakers and panelists include:
  • Dan Reidenberg, Psy.D. – Keynote Speaker, executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) in Bloomington, MN, managing director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention, and U.S. representative to the International Association of Suicide Prevention. He serves on the steering committees for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. 
  • Dr. David Brown, regional director, Behavioral Health, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Tripler Army Medical Center.
  • Deb Goebert, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
  • Roy Sakuma, Roy Sakuma Productions, renowned ukulele player and well-known inspirational speaker in Hawaii on bullying prevention.
Popular Hawaii singer-songwriter John Cruz will entertain conference attendees during lunchtime
The conference is being organized by members of the Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force (PSHTF), a state, public, and private partnership of individuals, organizations, and community groups working in collaboration to provide leadership for suicide prevention efforts in Hawaii. The aim of the conference is to bring together a community of survivors, advocates, educators, policymakers, and health professionals around the issue of suicide. In addition to the DOH Injury Prevention and Control Section and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, conference sponsors include Queen’s Medical Center and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center.
For more information, the conference website is at: www.preventsuicidehiconf.org
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For more information on this news release contact:
Nancy Kern
Injury Prevention and Control Section
Phone: (808) 733-9238
Cell: (808) 220-2722
Fax: (808) 733-9222
Email: nancy.kern@doh.hawaii.gov

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