UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh Collaborate to Change the Conversation Around Suicide

Northeast Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Summit, May 19, 2022

Green Bay, Wis.—UW-Green Bay continues its collaboration with the Center for Suicide Awareness and UW Oshkosh to host the third annual all-day Northeast Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Summit on Thursday, May 19, 2022. This year’s theme is “Bouncing Back: Building Resiliency” and features wide-ranging mental health experts giving presentations on valuable topics from comprehensive viewpoints.

Participants have the option of attending in-person or virtually, and college students are eligible for a discounted student rate. The in-person location is the new Center for Suicide Awareness headquarters, 181 W. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna, Wis. Registration is $129 for all-day in person, including lunch, $99 for virtual, and students pay only $35.

One of the presenters, Ryan Ayala, a trained social worker, said events like the summit are important because, “Our healthcare system attempts to promote well-being and self-awareness in our physical and mental health, but in truth stigma, shame and fear of judgment prevent many from reaching out for support. It’s important to share knowledge and learned experiences in order to evolve our practices.”

The summit is designed for anyone who might engage with higher risk populations, including:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers or counselors
  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Clergy or pastoral care professionals
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Medical assistants
  • Youth leaders
  • Student services personnel
  • Interested/affected community members

Presenter Karlan Welstead, a registered/licensed occupational therapist, also offered his insight about his involvement with the summit, “Clinical work in suicide prevention does not afford much time for sharing personal stories/perspectives. I’m excited for the opportunity to distill my own experience working within large mental health systems into a format both current and aspiring professionals can digest, debate, and integrate within their own practice.”

About Continuing Education
In addition to handouts and other materials, continuing education credit hours and units will be provided and can be used for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nursing home administrators, and other health and human service professionals. Continuing Education: .6 CEUs/6 CEHs.

Northeast Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Summit is sponsored in part by UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. Please visit the event webpage to learn more or contact Melissa Betke, program specialist, at betkem@uwgb.edu or 920-663-7337.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 9,276 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. UW-Green Bay is the fastest growing UW school. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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