Suicide Prevention Coalition of The Coastal Bend
Two Days of Powerful Discussion
This year, the Suicide Prevention Coalition will host the 7th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium on September 10th via WebEx.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the first presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m. The second presentation will begin at 10:15 a.m. Please note that two presentations will be offered at the same time at 10:15 a.m. Participants must choose which presentation they would like to register for.
Join via WebEx at 9:00 a.m. https://hcaevents.webex.com/hcaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e28d38206a89bdef2a2ce3c207db4b10f
“Learn a New Language: The Language of Depression.”
Presentation offered by attorney Terry Bentley Hill.
(No CEU’s Provided)
Please choose to register for one of the following:
Join via WebEx at 10:15 a.m. https://hcaevents.webex.com/hcaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8d4dfe420bb23fefc33770287c1efe7e
“Clinical and Ethical Issues in Managing Suicide Risk in People Using Substances.”
Presentation offered by John O’Neill, EdD, LCSW-S, LCDC, CAS.
(1.5 CEU's Provided)
Join via WebEx at 10:15 a.m. https://hcaevents.webex.com/hcaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed1d4b3fd1bfb61425d1aa5431c925df1
“Suicide Intervention Within a School Setting.”
Presentation offered by Jennifer Gerlach, PhD.
(1.5 CEU's Provided)
*Please note that 1.5 CEU's will be provided for virtually attending the symposium on Friday*
In addition to the professional portion, there will be a community event that will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2021. The NAMI Night theme this year is "Together for Mental Health." Throughout the month of September, NAMI will highlight “Together for Mental Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system. NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.
This event is open to the public, virtually, and will provide professionals and community members alike the opportunity to ask questions about suicide prevention. This community event will begin at 6: 30 p.m. and will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udOyrrDwuHN08smrawntMsHv2boF-iI0e
If you have any questions please contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 September 2021
Professional Event 10 September 2021
What is the Suicide Prevention Symposium?
The Suicide Prevention Symposium of the Coastal Bend is conducted over a two day period. The first event is intended for community members and professionals to gather in order to discuss specific services and support groups that are available throughout the Coastal Bend for survivors, providers, and family members who have been touched by suicide. The second event works to gather and educate providers and professionals about various topics, such as, ethical dilemmas and prevention. Each symposium is held in September in accordance with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is acknowledged on September 10th. The very first Suicide Prevention Symposium of the Coastal Bend was held in 2015. Each year the symposium has grown in attendance and recognition. Over the years, the coalition has commissioned speakers from The Menninger Clinic, The University of Texas, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Department of Veterans Affairs, and other local agencies. In addition to the keynote speaker, a panel discussion takes place in order to provide attendees an opportunity to ask specific questions. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.
Awareness & Education.
The purpose of this symposium and coalition is to educate and increase awareness of suicide in our community. This coalition works towards prevention education for suicide in the Coastal Bend year round and in various capacities.
2021 Symposium Topics
Thursday - September 9th at 6:30 pm - Via Zoom:
“Together for Mental Health."
Friday - September 10th at 8:30 am - Via WebEx:
“Learn a New Language: The Language of Depression.” – Attorney Terry Bentley-Hill
“Clinical and Ethical Issues in Managing Suicide Risk in People Using Substances.” – John O’Neill, EdD, LCSW-S, LCDC, CAS
“Suicide Intervention Within a School Setting.” - Jennifer Gerlach, PhD
Helpful Links &
Avail Solutions Crisis Line-
NAMI Greater Corpus Christi-
Bayview Behavioral Hospital- http://bayviewbehavioralhospital.com/
TAMUCC Counseling Center-
Nueces Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities -
American Association of Suicidology-http://www.suicidology.org/
VALOR for Blue-
Registration Required for Each Event.
Registration for “Learn a New Language: The Language of Depression.” Presentation offered by attorney Terry Bentley Hill. (No CEU’s Provided) on 9/10/21 at 9:00 a.m.
Please note that both of the presentations listed below are at the same time. Participants must choose one to attend.
Registration for “Clinical and Ethical Issues in Managing Suicide Risk in People Using Substances.” Presentation offered by John O’Neill, EdD, LCSW-S, LCDC, CAS. (1.5 CEU Provided) on 9/10/21 at 10:15 a.m.
“Suicide Intervention Within a School Setting.” Presentation offered by Jennifer Gerlach, PhD. (1.5 CEU Provided) on 9/10/21 at 10:15 a.m.