Annual Conference

The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide


THURSDAY PRE-CONFERENCE sessions begin Thursday morning aimed at first responders, medical and nursing students and residents, physicians and hospital emergency department personnel with a focus on the Zero Suicide initiative. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING WORKSHOP will be offered Thursday afternoon.

FILM PREMIERE Thursday evening, we will be premiering the new film, Death is Not the Answer, produced and directed by documentary filmmaker, Keith Famie and co-produced by KnowResolve and Kevin’s Song. WDIV Medical Consultant, Frank McGeorge MD will host this event. Attend the Premiere Reception or just the film.

2-DAY CONFERENCE The Main Conference opens Friday and continues on Saturday and will include plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of subjects directed at various communities affected by suicide. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Friday evening will include a casual supper with refreshments followed by an evening of music, storytelling and poetry.

SATURDAY SURVIVOR CONFERENCE Saturday sessions aimed at survivors of suicide and coping with loss and grief. Following lunch, the conference will close with a Healing Ceremony.

Keynote Speaker


Thomas Joiner, Ph.D.

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University, Author, Consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, and Co-Director of the Dept. of Defense Funded Military Suicide Research Consortium.


The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide will be a three-day event held on April 7, 8 and 9, 2016.

Conference Location

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Need a Hotel – Where to Stay

The Inn at St. John’s is Metro Detroit’s fourth largest hotel with conference center and golf course in terms of total meeting space. Located in Plymouth, MI,  this breathtaking landmark is the premier location for luxury hotel accommodations, gourmet dining, golf outings, corporate meetings and special events. We have a special room rate of $139.00 per night for people coming to the conference.

Visit The Inn at St. John’s website
44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth MI 48170
TEL: +1-734-414-0600

Visit The Hilton Garden Inn – Plymouth
Conveniently located just around the corner from the conference center.
14600 N. Sheldon Road, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170, USA
TEL: +1-734-354-0001 (Special rates are available)