‘Zero Suicide’ the goal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) — Louisville will host the Bold Moves Against Suicide Summit from Nov. 9-10 at Spalding University. The goal is to champion “Zero Suicide” as a community goal, while educating citizens and community leaders, and arming them with the tools and resources necessary to reach that goal.
“The number of suicides in our community is tragic and unacceptable,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Our Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is working closely with the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness and other members of the Louisville Health Advisory Board to get at root causes and find solutions to avoid such senseless losses.”
Keynote conversations will include suicide survivor Kevin Hines and activist Becky Stoll. Hines will share his story and talk how community transformation can truly be the difference between life and death. Stoll, part of the national Zero Suicide initiative, will engage attendees in a conversation about achieving this bold goal in Louisville.
There also will be a Mental Health First Aid Training for 250 adults to create an army of people able to intervene on behalf of adults and youth in our community. This nationally recognized eight-hour course helps those trained to identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction, mental illness and suicidal ideation.
Organizers hope to engage 250 community leaders in the discussion, including clinicians, educators, social service providers, non-profits, faith-based organizations and anyone concerned with the health and well-being of our residents.
Organizers are seeking donations and sponsorships for the summit so attendance can remain free. Various investment opportunities are available; please contact Kelley Gannon at (502) 589-8615 ext1305 or via email [email protected] for sponsorship information.