The Division of Behavioral Health, Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention, is delighted to offer a two-day conference to highlight best practices in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. National and local experts will present on relevant research, programs, and interventions spanning upstream prevention activities to crisis intervention and through postvention. Participants will be able to choose between two concurrent sessions, allowing a customizable learning experience to best meet your area of inquiry. One learning track will focus on the elements of comprehensive suicide care for the healthcare and behavioral healthcare community. The other learning track will be dedicated to community level intervention, such as community wellness, relevant social institutions, and establishing community infrastructure.

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Registration for this conference has now closed. The recordings will be linked to the sessions and resources from the conference are below.

Dates: June 2 and 9, 2022.

Times: 9:00a.m. - 2:15p.m. AKT*

*Times subject to change


This event took place virtually on Zoom on Thursday June 2 and June 9, 2022 from 9:00a.m. - 2:15p.m. each day. 

Recordings from the sessions are linked to the agenda below. Please click the session that you would like to view.

June 2, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.             Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.            Land Acknowledgement

                                              Tina DeAsis-Samaniego

                                              Dustin Morris

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          Keynote - Intro to Zero Suicide

                                             Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.            BREAK

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.            Breakout Sessions

                                             - Using Technology for Compassionate                                                 Suicide Care Pathway

                                             - Engaging Communities in the                                                               Aftermath of Suicide

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.            LUNCH

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            Breakout Sessions

                                             - The Collaborative Assessment and                                                       Management of Suicidality: An                                                             Evidenced Based Suicide-Focused                                                       Treatment Framework

                                             - Lethal Means Reduction

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.            Wrap up and Closing

June 9, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.            Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.            Land Acknowledgement and Blessing

                                             Tina DeAsis-Samaniego

9:25 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.          Lived Experience Story

                                              Aaron Surma

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          Keynote - Adolescent and Maternal                                                      Suicide in Alaska: Trends and                                                                Recommendations from the Maternal                                                 Child Death Review 

                                              Katey Soellers

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.            BREAK

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.            Breakout Sessions

                                             - NAMI Caring Contacts

                                             - Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.            LUNCH

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            Breakout Sessions

                                             - Interactive Screening Program

                                             - 988 and crisis call center services for                                                   young adults

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.            Wrap up and Closing


Aaron Surma


NAMI Juneau

Cherylyn Wood

Nevada Statewide Zero Suicide Project Coordinator III

University of Nevada Reno, Center for the Application of the Substance Abuse Technology.

Dustin Morris

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Elaine de Mello

Director for Suicide Prevention Services

NAMI New Hampshire 

Eri Martin

University of Alaska, Fairbanks Student Health & Counseling

Eric Boyer 

Training Coordinator

Alaska Mental Health Trust

Katey Soellers

Epidemiology Specialist

Maternal and Child Death Review Program (MCDR) in the State of Alaska Division of Public Health

Kelly Koerner, PhD

Founder and President 

Jaspr Health 

Kevin Crowley

Clinical Psychologist 


Laura Hoffman

Senior Manager, Interactive Screening Program 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Nikki Baird

Pre-Licensed Associate Counselor                   

Continuing Hope Counseling, LLC 

Sabrina Headrick 

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Student

Health and Counseling Center

Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali 

Senior Project Associate 

Zero Suicide Institute, Education Development Center 

Sierra Sommer

Youth Outreach Specialist

Careline Crisis Services, Inc

Stacey Schmitt

Associate Director of Counseling Student Health and Counseling Center 

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Susanna Marchuk

Executive Director

Careline Crisis Services, Inc.

Tina DeAsis-Wright

NAMI Juneau