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6th Annual Erie Suicide Prevention Conference: Building Stronger Communities
7794 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509 United States
TIME: 8:00 AM

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The 6th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference theme is: 

“Building Stronger Communities: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Across the Lifespan.” 

Our Keynote Speaker Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC, is a Professional Development Specialist with Salem Health in Salem, Oregon and a former member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors.  He is the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has led many community efforts to fight suicide in his state. His message is one we hope to bring to our conference attendees and help inspire change in our own community. Other speakers represent various agencies and resources within the Erie community and serve to build a foundation for support, intervention and suicide prevention in our own community.

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Program Schedule:


8:00 AM-8:50 AM Registration/Check-In
9:00 AM-9:15 AM Introduction
9:15 AM-10:45 AM Keynote Address (Prevention):

Michael Polacek: “Community Efforts to Reduce Suicide”


10:45 AM-11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Breakout Session 1

OPTION 1A (Prevention/Intervention): Mandy Fauble and Govan Martin, “Question, Persuade, Refer Approach to Suicide Prevention”

OPTION 1B (Prevention/Intervention): Greg Purchase and Trevor Doust, “Developing and Implementing a Peer Support Team”

OPTION 1C (Prevention): Denise Kolivoski, “Role of Community Resources and Organizations in Suicide Prevention”

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Plenary Speaker: (Prevention/Intervention)

Keirston Parham: “Peer Role in Suicide Prevention and Intervention”


2:00 PM-2:15 PM BREAK
2:15 PM-3:15 PM Breakout Session 2

OPTION 2A (Postvention): Kathy Frisinia, “Working with Children after a Loss from Suicide”

OPTION 2B (Postvention): Stacey Buettner and Nicole Moore,“Survivors of Suicide”

OPTION 2C (Prevention): Nicole Wells, “Promoting Youth and Family Engagement in the Prevention of Suicide

3:15 PM-3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 PM-4:00 PM “Importance of Self Care”
4:00PM-4:15 PM Certificate Distribution; Total CE 5 hours

Contact Nicole Moore at or 814-451-2377 with questions about continuing education information for this event.