Bridging the Divide 2016 Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery
2016 Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit
May 4-6, 2016
Regis University Lowell Campus (3333 Regis Blvd., Denver)
The Bridging the Divide Summit Planning Committee is seeking proposals for presentations for the 2016 Bridging the Divide Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit. The conference theme is Pathways to Resiliency, Strength & Recovery. With our annual tradition of aligning the work in Colorado with current national and international trends, the 2016 Summit will showcase what works in the areas of resiliency, recovery and research. Breakout and keynote sessions will focus on promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood of suicide, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one’s suicide attempt or death by suicide.
Proposals are needed for one-hour breakout sessions as well as 3-hour preconference workshops.
The focus of presentations should fall into one of the tracks below. At the 2016 Summit, we will explore how the personal tragedy of suicide can be prevented through practices that strengthen resiliency, promote recovery, and guide the development of effective research.
Resiliency: This track will address the concept of resiliency and how it relates to suicide prevention, mental wellness and coping with loss. Presentations may address questions such as the following: What is resiliency? How does it impact suicidal thinking and behavior? How can it be demonstrated, measured or taught? What characteristics contribute to resiliency? What are its cultural contexts, and how do we reach high risk populations?
Recovery: This track addresses the ways in which people achieve, demonstrate and maintain recovery from risks, trauma, loss, mental illness, and suicidal thinking or acts. Presentations may address questions such as the following: How can recovery be defined or measured? What types of collaborations or practices enhance the likelihood of achieving recovery after a suicide attempt or loss of a loved one? What is the role of the individual in attaining recovery? What services and supports most effectively promote recovery?
Research: This track addresses promising research developments in the field of suicide prevention and mental wellness. Possible topics include but are not limited to effective treatments/therapies, risk factor analysis, empirical studies, successful approaches in various countries/cultures, program evaluation data, and more.
We are eager to showcase ways in which our colleagues are using research to inform the development of best practices, and working to promote resiliency and recovery for at-risk individuals, including those bereaved by suicide. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise so that everyone may benefit from your experience. As in past years, presenters will be asked to register and pay for conference attendance. We are seeking submissions for either a half-day preconference training session on Thursday, May 5 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, or a one-hour breakout session on May 5 or 6. Thank you for helping to forge new partnerships and connect those in need of help and life-saving programs with initiatives and services. All submissions are due by 5:00 PM MST on February 1, 2016.