FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How do you cope with the death by suicide of a family member of friend? That’s one of many questions that will be answered Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) during a conference presented by Frank Campbell, an internationally known expert in the field of loss due to suicide. The conference is from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom.
Conference participants will spend the day learning how and why it’s so important to use sensitive protocols to assist those who have lost someone by suicide. Police, EMT personnel, chaplains, religious leaders, mental health professionals, school counselors, and funeral directors are especially encouraged to attend.
The conference costs $30 per person and includes lunch and continuing education credits. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Register at ipfw.edu/Frank-Campbell.
Campbell is the former executive director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, where he consults with communities and on Forensic Suicidology cases. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery Channel documentaries.
Coincidentally, this event is being held during National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9–15. Indiana ranks 27th in the U.S. with 828 suicide deaths in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available. Nationally, there were almost 37,000 suicide deaths in 2009. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide occurring on average every 14.2 minutes. An estimated 4.73 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.
The conference is sponsored by the IPFW Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute, D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home, Cenpatico, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Indiana Chapter.
Members of the media are invited to meet with Campbell from noon to 12:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kathleen O’Connell, director of the Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute, at 260-481-5795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.