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Thursday, July 31, 2008

VA gets 55,000 plus Suicide Calls

VA gets 55,000 plus suicide calls [CBS News]
During its first year in operation, the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), has received calls from more than 55,000 people, including approximately 22,000 people who identified themselves as veterans. This article discusses the statistics gathered about hotline usage and highlights other steps the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking to reduce the suicide rate among veterans.
...from SPRC: The Weekly Spark

Thursday, July 24, 2008

VA Tests Public Service Announcements

The Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a three-month pilot program of a suicide prevention public service campaign in the Washington, DC area. The campaign, which will include bus and train advertisements and a television public service announcement, aims to increase awareness of suicide prevention and of the VA’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-TALK.

...from SPRC: The Weekly Spark

Friday, July 18, 2008

Campus Mental Health Conference Postponned

I regret to inform you that the conference on Campus Mental Health in the Commonwealth, planned for September 18-19 in Charlottesville, VA, has been cancelled. We hope to re-group and plan a modified version of this conference for the spring of 2009. We’ll be in touch with updates. We’re terribly disappointed and hope to have you with us on another occasion.

...from Jane Wiggins

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Save the Date

Save the date!!
2nd Annual BEACON OF HOPE 2008 3-Day CommUNITY event
Forum - Conference - October 16-17, 2008
Race/Walk - October 25, 2008
Regent University
Contact:Kathleen Wakefield
Conference title:Lifesaving Tools
Registration and Details are available at:

Jerry Reed: Leaves SPAN and goes to SPRC

News about one of our notable suicide prevention leaders and fellow Virginian..

"Jerry Reed of SPAN USA to Lead Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) announces that Jerry Reed, Ph.D., MSW, former executive director of SPAN USA, will lead its policy and professional development activities in suicide prevention and will serve as Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). A dedicated geriatric and suicide prevention advocate, Dr. Reed joined SPAN USA in 2003 and has been a recognized leader in the national suicide prevention movement. Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., MPH, who has directed SPRC for the past five years, leaves to join the faculty of the University of Texas, San Antonio. Dr. Potter will be Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, which examines the determinants and consequences of demographic change."
..from the Weekly Spark, A Weekly Newsletter of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

DCJS Virginia School & Campus Safety Training Forum

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services' Virginia Center for School Safety is pleased to announce the 2008 Virginia School and Campus Safety Training Forum.

The 2008 Virginia School and Campus Safety Training Forum will follow the format of our annual School Safety Conference of previous years, but seeks to also include those involved with safety and security on Virginia's college and university campuses. We are anticipating more than 700 school and campus safety practitioners in attendance at this annual event.

The conference will be held August 5-6, 2008 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center located at 1610 Coliseum Drive in Hampton, Virginia. A lovely 295-suite John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites Hotel connects to the convention center by covered walkway. In addition to the Embassy Suites, there are several other hotels located within walking distance or a short drive from the convention center.

Keynote addresses will include:

* The Ultimate Backup: Saving Law Enforcement Families (Dr. James Reese)
* Lessons Learned from Virginia Tech: A Collaborative Approach to Prevention and Response
* The State of School Safety in Virginia (Dr. Peter Sheras)
* Breaking the Cycle: Violence Prevention in Schools and Communities
* The Adolescent Brain (Karen Williams)
* Overcoming the Risk Factors for Gang Involvement (Terry Thornberry)
* Voices: A Multi-Media Production on Underage Drinking and Teen Driving Safety
* Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Information Sharing and School and Campus Safety
....and much more. Information and Registration is available at: