Northeast Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2019

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.)
This summit is designed to bring hope to those impacted by suicide by increasing their understanding of suicide and its prevalence. Far too many people are at risk of suicide, and many do not seek help. Learn how to identify the risk factors for specific populations and find better ways to reach out to those who are suffering. Share your services, information or resources with those attending. A resource booth is only $50.

Who Should Attend or Exhibit

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers or counselors
  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Clergy or pastoral care professionals
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Medical assistants
  • Youth leaders
  • Student services personnel
  • Interested/affected community members

Keynote Speaker

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, DAAETS, a nationally recognized author and speaker on suicide-loss bereavement and  building community resilience, will present "Palette of Grief® After a Suicide". Barbara holds a BS in Psychology and a MA  in Community Health from Brooklyn College. She is a Certified Bereavement Specialist and Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and she is featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes.

WHERE: Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly, WI 54136
COST: $129

Includes Continental breakfast, instructional materials, lunch and continuing education certificate.

Other Breakout Sessions

Crisis Intervention | Brainspotting | Military Suicide Prevention | Preventing Youth Suicide | And Other Topics

Continuing Education

This offering will provide 0.6 CEUs or 6.0 CEHs as continuing education credit hours, continental breakfast, instruction, printed materials, lunch and continuing education certificate. These continuing education hours can be used for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nursing home administrators, and other health and human service professionals.


Share Your Story
Writing about your experience is a great way to help yourself, and help others. Writing through your emotions can be healing. Write your story and then share it on social media or in an en email. Whatever makes sense for you. Below are some prompts to get you started.

Examples of Stories
  • Stories of Personal Experience: No one’s loss or struggle is the same. Together, they are powerful.
  • Tips and How-To Articles: What helped you heal and cope with your loss? Do you have advice for others on how to talk to a friend who is struggling, or guide them toward help? What’s the best way you’ve found to manage anxiety or depression?
  • Your Healing Journey or Volunteering: Have you participated in a walk or other event?
  • Opinion: As someone affected by suicide, your views are important.
  • Creative Expression: Compose a poem. Write a “letter” to someone you’ve lost, or who just didn’t understand.
Writing Prompts
  • Memory: Talk about a random moment you started thinking about your loss. What prompted the thought? Was it something someone said, or did? Was it an object, or a piece of clothing that reminded you of your loved one? Was it a certain time of year?
  • Self-Care Strategies: What’s something you like to do when you need to refresh? It could be anything from taking a walk outside, listening to music, practicing meditation or yoga, or anything else! Talk about a time your favorite activity helped you manage your mental health.
  • Write a Letter: The creative exercise of writing a letter can help you express your own feelings in a healthy way, or figure out how to say what you want to say to someone in real life.

Educate Yourself

In addition to the five no-nonsense tips for helping someone in a crisis, which are listed below, we also share some other resources to learn from:

  1. Ask direct questions. 
  2. Listen to their answers. 
  3. Remove items that could harm. 
  4. Develop a plan with them that can involve a professional.
  5. Enlist professional help.
Local Resources
Be the Light Walk
Bellin Health Psychiatric Center
Brown County Community Treatment Center
Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Center for Suicide Awareness
Family Services Crisis Center
Prevent Suicide Fox Cities
Willow Creek Behavioral Health
Wisconsin Suicide Hotlines
Wisconsin Suicide Prevention