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EIU’s Suicide Prevention Conference Set for October


Eastern Illinois University is hosting a free conference on suicide prevention this month focused on breaking the silence and learning how to help students struggling with depression.

The Thomas A. Bonine Suicide Prevention Conference is scheduled for 8:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. The keynote speaker is Josh Rivedal, a one-man show from New York, whose primary focus is on suicide prevention as well as encouraging fellow students who are struggling with depression. He is an author of several books and writes for The Huffington Post.

The conference will also include break-out sessions titled “How to Talk to People in a Mental Health Crisis” or “Breaking the Silence: Strategies for Talking Openly and Candidly about Suicide.”

To check out more about Rivedal, click here

The conference is funded by the Thomas A. Bonine Rainbow of Hope Fund. Individuals interested in the program should be registered by Monday, Oct. 12. To register, click here. For additional questions, call EIU's Health Education Resource Center at (217) 581-7786.