Idaho State University will host a virtual suicide prevention conference this week.
ISU's Counseling and Testing Center, along with community suicide prevention in partnership with Southeastern Idaho Public Health, Optum, and Department of Health and Welfare and other local sponsors are hosting it online from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, September 18.
This year's conference will have the theme of "fostering hope through connections" which has a goal to spread awareness about suicide, and reduce things that impact people's emotional health.
This year's keynote speaker is Thomas Joiner, who is a suicide researcher.
Rick Pongratz, Director of Counseling and Testing Services, ISU said, "We know that if we look into and trey to understand the factors that contribute to suicide that it can help us to have more ability and more tools to help prevent suicide and save a life."
It's free to attend for all ISU students, faculty, and staff and you can register here: https://cspeid.wixsite.com/cspevents