Living Beyond Suicide Summit – Schedule


Summit Schedule


Wednesday, November 1

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Celebrating Shining Stars Event
At the Buffalo Rose Event Center
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Thursday, November 2

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Ceremony

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

KeynotePresented by Swil Kanim
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9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel: Foundations of the Movement
Foundations of the Movement; Reflections on the Impact of Past National Strategies, the Way Forward, and Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines

Presented by:
Eduardo Vega, Humannovations, DeQuincy Lezine, SAMHSA, CW Tillman, Shelby Rowe, Vanessa McGann

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Connection Oriented Breakouts
How can people with Lived Experience help with challenges in understanding and addressing suicide?

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lunch and Exhibits

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM 

Panel: A New Vision — 988, Crisis Supports and 2024 National Strategy

Presented by:
Sally Spencer-Thomas, DeQuincy Lezine, SAMHSA, Richard McKeon, Kelly Clarke, Sarah Brumett

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM 


1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

Lightening Innovations Lab Breakouts

  • Developing crisis respite centers — SafeSpace: Kristina Mossgraber and Valeria Cuellar
  • Alternatives to forced crisis intervention: Eduardo Vega
  • Expanding the role of peer allies in 988 and crisis services: Sally Spencer-Thomas
  • Expanding active postvention in communities: Erin Ivie

1:55 PM – 2:05 PM


2:05 PM – 3:05 PM 

Solution-Oriented Breakouts
What is needed to better support people after a suicide attempt/near miss or through suicide intensity?

Presented by: Elizabeth Sarber, Hye Won Yoon, Stacey Freedenthal, Stacey Williams, Shannon Parkin, Robert D. Kehoe, Marcia Epstein

3:05 PM – 3:15 PM 


3:15 PM – 4:00 PM 

Keynote Speaker Presented by Corey Jones
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4:00 PM – 4:05 PM 

Room Change

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Summary – Presented by Sally Spencer-Thomas & Eduardo Vega

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Honoring Ceremony – Presented by Swil Kanim & Susie Reece

The Living Beyond Suicide Summit is a program of

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with strategic support from

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And others!

In Honor of Diana Cortez Yañez