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2018 Erie Suicide Prevention Conference: Theme-First Responders
7794 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509 United States
TIME: 7:30 AM

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The 5th annual Suicide Prevention Conference theme will be First Responders.

Our Keynote Speaker is Govan A. Martin, III.  Govan retired as a 29-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) in 2012.  In his tenure in the PSP, Govan worked in patrol, crime, and the highlight of his career was becoming Manager of the Member Assistance Program (an internal Peer Support/Employee Assistance Program for the Pennsylvania State Police) in 2000.  Govan was instrumental and helped create/write legislation for Confidentiality for Law Enforcement Peer Support and Critical Incidents in 2010.  Govan started the Annual Law Enforcement Employee Assistance/Peer Support Program Conference in 2006 through 2012 for State Police agencies across the country, along with the FBI.  Govan has been a keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention, Employee Assistance/Peer Support Programs, CISM conferences across the country. (e.g. American Association of Suicidology, International Employee Assistance Program Association, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, etc).  Currently, Govan is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Prevent Suicide PA.  Govan also serves on the First Responder Committee for the American Association of Suicidology.  Govan is a survivor of loss of his brother, Michael, in 1980.

Other speakers include:

Mandy Fauble PhD, LCSW: “Lives on the Line: Ethics in Emergencies”

Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot

*Attendance to Part 1 and 2 will allow for 3 hours of Ethics Credits

Patty Puline B.S., E.d.: “Erie PA Suicide Statistics Review”

SafeKids Erie/LECOM Health

Dan Eaton MSN, RN: “Suicide Prevention in First Responders”

Penn State Behrend College of Nursing/Emergycare

Greg Purchase LCSW and Bill Hollenbeck MA: “Stress, Stigma and Recovery: A Firefighter’s Perspective”

City of Erie Fire Department

Ron Bryant Deputy Warden, Mike Holman Deputy Warden and Stacey Petruso: “Suicide and Mental Health in Prisons”

Erie County Prison

Chief Kelly: “Suicide in the Workplace-A Public Safety Mental Health Overview”

Cranberry Township EMS

Kurt Hinkle: “Suicide Statistics and Prevention for Emergency Services Workers”

retired Firefighter/Paramedic City of Phoenix Fire Department



How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Nicole Moore at 814-451-2377 or with any questions related to registration.

How can I pay by check?

Register and select pay by check option. Checks can be made payable to: Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot. Please add “Suicide Prevention Advisory Group” in the memo line of the check. Contact Nicole Moore at 814-451-2377 or with any questions regarding payment via check.


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