Annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference | USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Conference

Having Courageous Conversations to Educate and Fight Stigma

In recognition of Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation and Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation present the fifth annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference.

2-Day Virtual Conference

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

Welcome
Clifford Feldman, MD, JD, MFS
Conference Moderator
Clinical Director, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Geropsychiatric Program

9:05 – 9:55 a.m.
Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Legislation
Anthony Portantino, California State Senator

10 – 10:50 a.m.
Understanding Suicide – A Primer
Candace Yoder, Executive Director
Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation

11 – 11:50 a.m.
The Decline in US Life Expectancy: Are Deaths of Despair Responsible?
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH
Director Emeritus VCU Center on Society and Health

12:15 – 1 p.m.
*Breakout Rooms and Resource Fair

Online registration is required

Day 1 registration

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

Welcome
9:05 – 9:55 a.m.
Breaking 30 Years of Family Silence After Suicide
Ruth Golden, Documentary Film Maker

10 – 10:50 a.m.
Suicide Prevention: Child and Adolescent Suicidology
Dr. Paul Kurkjian, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Psychiatrist

11 – 11:50 a.m.
At-Risk Subpopulations – Panel
Seniors/Elderly, Veterans, Underserved Communities, LGBTQ, Teens

12:15 – 1 p.m.
*Breakout Rooms and Resource Fair

*Breakout rooms will accommodate more intimate Q&A opportunities with presenters. Resource Fair participant list will be published closer to the time of the event.

Online registration is required

Day 2 registration

Additional Information

All participants should note that the event will be recorded in audio and video formats. Recordings will be available on the hospital’s website after the event.

Continuing education units (CEU) will be available.