This has been a year of virtual meetings, classes, and tele-visits. It has also been challenging to support students in all the ways they may have needed; not to mention, caring for ourselves. The “mute” button on our meetings serves a purpose, but too often, we keep ourselves on mute when we need to unmute and engage, particularly as it relates to mental health and suicide prevention. We are excited for this year’s conference and hope you participate in the virtual conference.
This year we will have 2 plenary sessions, featuring Sean Joe, MSW PhD and Tara Hughes LCSW-R. Dr Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among Black Americans and will discuss the implications of suicide prevention in BIPOC individuals. Tara Hughes is a national expert on community healing after mass trauma and will speak on engaging and relevant ways to care for ourselves, even as we care for others. We will also feature a panel discussion on caring for the mental health of BIPOC students. This panel is comprised of 4 campuses, who will also each be presenting breakout sessions. We have arranged it on our schedule so that you can choose to attend one or all of their breakout sessions prior to the panel discussion.
To further provide opportunities for wellness, in addition to a dedicated plenary session, we will provide times in the morning, and during the lunch hour for guided wellness activities. We know that the virtual conference is a different feel than when we are all in person, to assist with this, there will be opportunities to network during the lunch break, so you can connect with each other.
Given the virtual platform, we will also be recording many of the sessions, which will be available to registrants for up to a year after the conference. So, if there are a few sessions at the same time that you’d like to attend, you may still view them afterwards.
We will once again have a designated student track led by the Jed Foundation and Active Minds. We are offering a reduced rate for students so that the conference is more accessible. These interactive sessions will further assist with raising the student voice around mental health and suicide prevention on campus. We encourage you to refer students into this track, as many of the barriers that limited attendance in the past (e.g., time and travel costs) are not as relevant this year.
We are thrilled to have you join us this year and look forward to working together to take suicide prevention on college campuses off mute!
Please contact Julia Mead with any questions.