OCTOBER 9, 2020

COVID-19 Modified Operations

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have been exploring alternative delivery methods for this year's UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. With the devastating social, emotional, and economic impacts of the pandemic, we know that mental health is more important than ever. That's why we're determined to offer vital mental health content to professionals, community members, and students alike.

This year, we will be hosting a virtual conference, with all sessions available online. We will still offer the same inspiring content you've come to expect from UVU conferences, including keynote, plenary, and breakout session speakers. 

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UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention

The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, UVU Crisis Services, Student Affairs, and the UVU Veteran’s Center are pleased to present the 2020 UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention. This single-day conference--designed to meet the needs and interests of professionals, service providers, families, community members, and students--will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with suicide and suicide prevention. This event is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2020. 

For the first time ever, we will be hosting the UVU Conference on Suicide Prevention entirely online. Despite moving to a virtual conference, we still plan to offer a full conference program, including keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions intended to help participants find hope and healing as they explore the complex aspects of suicide, suicide prevention, and recovery. We also plan to continue to offer professional CEUs, including suicide prevention specific CEUs for those that need them.  All session materials, including recordings of all the conference presentations, will be available to registered participants for two weeks after the conference date. 

Third Region (Section 3)



Gary Lee Price photo

For Gary Lee Price, uplifting, helping others, and joining hands with others in brotherhood and sisterhood are essential parts of his life and work. Through his art, Gary found a life path of positivity. Despite a childhood of abuse, domestic violence and the loss of both parents at a young age due to murder suicide, Gary forged ahead determined to find the beauty in life. His passion for art and belief that art empowers and lifts the human spirit has only grown stronger. Blessed with many generous and selfless mentors, his dream is to pass those gifts on to others. 

Gary’s sculptures are collected and installed in thousands of public and private collections all over the world. His sculptures are also frequently purchased and donated to help suppoort great causes locally and internationally. “I hope I can assist the world in visualizing a place where fences and boundaries, both real and imagined, are non-existent; a place where bias and prejudice are long forgotten; and finally, a place where acts of kindness, mutual respect, and love are everyday happenings,” he said.

Gary resides in Buckeye, Arizona with his beautiful wife, Leesa Clark Price.  Together they have 9 children and 15 very energetic grandchildren. View Gary’s work at www.garyleeprice.com and www.statueofresponsibility.com.


Kathie Supiano

Kathie Supiano, Ph.D., LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing.  She teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Care for graduate students in Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing, and Geriatric Care Management.  Dr. Supiano’s research is in clinical interventions in complicated grief, prevention of adverse grief outcomes, suicide survivorship, overdose grief and prison hospice. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 35 years.  Her clinical practice has included care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns,  end-of-life care, and bereavement care. Dr. Supiano is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and a  Fellow of Thanatology. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the Board of Directors of Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification Board, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. She received her PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow.


John (Jack) Jordan

John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. Jack is currently semi-retired, but in the past he has maintained an clinical practice as a grief therapist, working primarily with suicide loss survivors. He has also served as the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He also served as the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2015. this Task force released postvention guidelines for the United States, titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines.



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