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Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Conference

  • Hutchinson Event Center 1005 Minnesota Hwy 15 Plaza 15 Hutchinson, MN 55350 United States (map)

Featuring nationally known: Tim Eggebraaten and Kat Perkins; Highly regarded local professionals: Ted Matthews and Dr. Kristine Knudten; Suicide loss survivors: Barbara Ruhland, Jen Withrow & Twin Cities radio personality- Paul Thomas "PT"; PLUS, suicide prevention leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services.

Intended Audience: Healthcare providers, nurses, behavioral health workers, social workers, counselors, therapists (in primary care, hospital, public health and private settings) school administrators, counselors, educators, law enforcement personnel and anyone with an interest in the topic.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 or until sold out. Register early, last year conference sold out well ahead of registration deadline!

Payment Options: Pay with credit card online through this Eventbrite Site, or to avoid fees and to pay with check, use mail in registration form: 2019 Conference Brochure with Registration Form 

Certificate of Attendance and Continuing Education Credits: This conference is designed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for seven CEUs and approved by Minnesota Board of Social Work for seven contact hours of continuing education. CEP #1026. Attendee is responsible for determining if this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Program Overview:

7:15-8:00 Check-in, Resource Vendor Exhibits, Breakfast

8:00-8:15 Welcome

8:15-9:15 Finding your Beat, The Rhythm of Life by Tim Eggebraaten

9:15-9:45 Suicide Overview & MN Prevention Plan by Melissa Heinen RN, MPH, Suicide Epidemiologist, Suicide Loss Survivor

9:45-10:00 Break, Resource Vendor Exhibits

10:00-10:15 Epidemiology of Suicide in Farmers by Melissa Heinen

10:15 - 11:30 Down on the Farm

  • Meg Moynihan, Senior Advisor MN Department of Agriculture

  • Ted Matthews, MS, Psychologist, MN Rural Mental Health

  • Barbara Ruhland, RN, Suicide Loss Survivor

11:30-12:00 Mental Health Crisis Services in MN by Dominique Jones, MA, LMFT, Crisis Team Lead, DHS BHD

12:00-12:45 Lunch, Resource Vendor Exhibits

12:45-1:15 Start the Conversation, Reduce the Stigma, Get Busy #LIVINby “PT” Paul Thomas, Founder of the LIVIN Foundation, Suicide Loss Survivor

1:15-1:30 Youth Suicide Epidemiology by Melissa Heinen

1:30-2:00 Suicide Prevention: You Can Make a Difference by Jen Withrow, LICSW, Suicide Loss Survivor

2:00-2:15 Break, Resource Vendor Exhibits

2:15-3:00 Youth Mental Health by Kristine Knudten, MD

3:00-3:30 Panel Discussion

3:30-4:15 You Are Not Alone by Kat Perkins

4:15-4:30 Evaluations, Closing

Earlier Event: March 22
St. Cloud Art Crawl
Later Event: May 1
Mental Health Awareness Month