OCTOBER 5, 2018

UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention

The UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention is a single-day event that will provide information on a wide range of issues dealing with the topic of suicide. It is designed to meet the needs and interests of students, professionals, families, service providers, and community members. The conference will feature an opening keynote from Taryn Aiken. As a widely respected and dedicated advocate, Taryn shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide.  She is a survivor of her own attempts as well as a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father Terry Aiken on October 5, 2002.  Taryn is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Area Director for Utah and Nevada. Our afternoon plenary address will be offered by Michael J. Staley, who is the Suicide Prevention Research Coordinator and Psychological Autopsy Examiner at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. Staley's current research focuses on 10 to 17 year-old Utahns who died by suicide in the previous two years. This research aims to develop a specific set of risk and protective factors that will inform and guide prevention efforts in schools, communities, and throughout the state. He will share his findings and the resulting new insights. The conference will also offer several concurrent sessions dealing with the topic of suicide and its impact on adults and children. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. Tickets are $55 for early bird registration, or $70 after September 1 and includes lunch, parking, and all conference materials. *CEUs will be available at the conference free of charge for those interested.

Third Region (Section 3)

Speakers

KEYNOTE: Taryn Hiatt

Taryn Hiatt Profile Photo

As a dedicated advocate, Taryn shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide. She is a survivor of her own attempts as well as a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father Terry Aiken on October 5, 2002. Taryn is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Area Director for Utah and Nevada. Taryn is a certified safeTALK, CONNECT Postvention and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, facilitating hundreds of seminars to many different groups. Taryn is a passionate advocate for change and has been featured in both US News and The Huffington Post. She has testified before Congressional Members in Washington DC to increase awareness and support for better access to mental health services and to promote healthy discussions about suicide. She is widely respected throughout Utah for her hard work and dedication to saving lives. Taryn is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

PLENARY: Michael J. Staley

no image

Michael J. Staley is the Suicide Prevention Research Coordinator and Psychological Autopsy Examiner at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. Staley's current research focuses on 10 to 17 year-old Utahns who died by suicide in the previous two years. This research aims to develop a specific set of risk and protective factors that will inform and guide prevention efforts in schools, communities, and throughout the state. Staley hails from Montana where he graduated from Carroll College. He attended graduate school at the University of New Hampshire where he is currently completing his PhD in sociology. Staley lives in Salt Lake City with his partner, Brayden.

Sponsors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Questions

 

Toni Harris
Assistant Dean
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Utah Valley University

801.863.6816
harristo@uvu.edu

Accessibility Services

 

For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Irene Whittier at:

(801) 863-5300 or IWhittier@uvu.edu

Requests should be made at least one week in advance.

Parking Information

 

Parking is free in the Parking Garage for conference registrants. You can find details on this map.