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Suicide Prevention Conference 2021 Information

We are very proud of and excited for this conference. Registration is OPEN here!

 

*** Kiersten’s Ride is very excited for the upcoming conference. We know, as there has been an uptick of COVID cases across Michigan, that you may have concerns about attending an in-person conference.

Know that we do have some safety measures in place, however, going virtual does not meet our organization’s safety measures when presenting on such a personal and sensitive subject as suicide.

Measures put into place include:
– We will ask all attendees to wear a mask while attending the conference sessions. **Any revisions to our face covering policy will be dictated by CDC Guidelines and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; the policy may be revised up to and including the time of the conference.
– We chose a venue with a large capacity; we are looking to stay under half capacity.
– Conference attendees will not change seats.
– The different presenters will come to you. This will prevent switching of seats/tables and room circulation.
– Lunch will be individually boxed; an outdoor/open air seating area will be encouraged for lunch.
– You will also be encouraged to sit with co-workers if agencies have multiple employees attending.

Kiersten’s Ride will continue to monitor the situation. If the governor/health department come down with new restrictions, we will adjust as required, notify participants, and work refunds if need be. We hope this creates safety for all participants. If there are questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Kierstensride@outlook.com or 231-675-5047.

We’ve added a lunch-time opportunity for Tuesday and Thursday:
– The Hidden in Plain Sight Trailer will be provided through grant monies by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. The trailer is designed to look like a typical teenagers’ bedroom, with planted items IN PLAIN SIGHT that everyone can observe. The trailer will be hosted by a Michigan State Police Officer and he’ll narrate about each of the problematic items discovered on board. The trailer teaches adults about drug culture, what certain items look like, lingo, and apparel that often accompany this culture. This exhibit gives ideas to parents on how to generate conversations with their teens about how to talk about drugs and alcohol before they face peer pressure and challenges from peers.