Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium 2020

LIVE Virtual Keynotes Speakers and Workshops

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:45 am — 4:30 pm

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium 2020, Bringing Resiliency Into Focus is honored to showcase these amazing presenters at this years event that will be VIRTUAL for the first time! In addition to the four diverse and talented Keynote speakers, we have over 20 presenters with a wide range of expertise speaking about their life experiences.

Dese’Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, and activist will Bring Resiliency Into Focus with personal stories.
July 1, 20203481 min read
Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.

Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.

Dr. Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, writer, educator, diversity trainer, mental health activist, jewelry designer, and avid bicyclist.
July 2, 20202462 min read
Jennifer Kelliher

Jennifer Kelliher

Jennifer Kelliher has been the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention since 2012.
July 3, 20201741 min read
Hasan Davis, J.D.

Hasan Davis, J.D.

For more than 25 years, Hasan has held to the belief that each child can and will succeed as long as adults in their world create hope.
July 4, 20202161 min read

The Symposium will engage a broad array of stakeholders to expand community based and cross sector approaches to suicide.


Healthcare, social services, substance misuse and mental health providers across a continuum of care, representatives of community based organizations and state agencies that serve youth, families and adults across the lifespan, local and state policy makers, and people with lived experience.


1)    Empower and engage community-wide stakeholders in Zero Suicide strategies, evidence-based practices, and lessons learned.
2)    Facilitate connections between substance misuse and suicide prevention stakeholders and programs to advance effective prevention strategies.
3)    Share community-based approaches to suicide prevention including new ways to form innovative collaborations.
4)    Increase knowledge about risk and protective factors and recommended strategies for working with vulnerable populations. 

Learn about all the presenters!

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Keynote Presentations

Bringing Resiliency Into Focus

In a series of snapshots, Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, activist, and MSW student, will share her experiences with suicidal thoughts (and sometimes more) over the course of her lifetime.
July 1, 20201462 min read

Widening the Lens: Social Justice and Racial Equity in Suicide Prevention

In order to begin to address the disparity in efforts around suicide prevention, we need to widen our lens to include a perspective of social justice and racial equity.
July 1, 20203561 min read

Away from No way: Every Child Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Hasan will share the simple strategies his personal champions employed to help him complete the “JD shuffle” and go from Hasan Davis Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis Juris Doctor.
July 2, 20202501 min read

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Free Webinars

Recent Suicide Prevention Trends: What Have We Been Learning?

The presenters will present recent trends in Vermont suicide and related data. Special populations that will be described include youth, LGBTQ+, Persons of Color, females and older adults.
June 29, 20202562 min read

Suicide Prevention in Vermont: Comprehensive Systems Overview

This session has been designed for those who are new to the VT Suicide Prevention efforts and provides an overview of key partners, major initiatives & activities as well as the foundation of our work – the VT Suicide Prevention Platform.
July 1, 20201911 min read

Brought To You By:

This conference is developed and coordinated by Center for Health and Learning and VT Suicide Prevention Center, a public-private partnership of CHL.

Center for Health and Learning is the developer of Umatter Suicide Prevention.


Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium 2020

Bringing Resiliency into Focus

August 18, 2020

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