Billings residents are invited to attend a free conference on suicide prevention on September 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. According to the press release, the conference is called “Building Up and Encouraging a Compassionate Community,” organized by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley.

Participants will learn a multitude of practices in suicide prevention, including populations of suicide risk and becoming more comfortable in identifying suicide risks and intervening when necessary. It will also help to increase awareness of community resources to create more proactive barriers to the risk of suicide.

The conference is supported by RiverStone Health and provides information about suicide risks, helping to increase participants’ abilities to help a person at risk. The conference is hosted by Unspoken Words and a Native American podcast team. 

Speakers at the conference highlight the work of Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center; it will also highlight the work of Pay Love Forward, Adult Resource Alliance, and Adaptive Performance focusing on veterans. Step in is also highlighted in the conference, an organization that builds up protective factors helping to save lives. 

Participants interested in attending the conference can attend virtually or in person at the Mansfield Health Education Center at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings. There is limited in-person attendance, and registration is required to attend.

The seminar also has education credits available for nurses, teachers, addiction counselors, clinical social workers, and mental health counselors.