|Welcome to the Midwest Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Summit!
The idea for the Midwest Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Summit was born in 2019 out of a strong desire to provide local suicide prevention professionals with the practical skills they need to effectively reduce suicide rates. We also wanted to connect suicide prevention partners across borders in the Midwest region of the United States. The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation went about planning an in-person summit that focused on practical implementation, prevention success stories, and collaboration with community partners across disciplines. As the summit got closer, the world came to a standstill due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 so the summit had to be postponed.
An outpouring of support came in via email, telephone calls, and zoom meetings asking when the summit would be rescheduled. Seeing that the Midwest and the rest of the nation shared our passion to connect, OSPF rescheduled the conference in a virtual format at NO COST for October 20-23, 2020.
As many of us know, CONNECTEDNESS is a primary protective factor in the prevention of suicide and treatment of mental illness. When it comes to suicide prevention, connectedness is the key to standing together, sharing resources and making a real difference in our communities. That's why we want to invite you to the Midwest Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Summit. Let's stand together and move forward as one and make a real impact in our home towns, our states, and our countries.
This four-day virtual summit will focus on providers of suicide prevention across the Midwest, from coalitions and organizations dedicated to preventing suicide and promoting mental health wellness, prevention professionals, healthcare professionals, veteran-serving organizations, state and community leaders, and others dedicated to community solutions to address the public health problem of suicide.