Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Conference – Little Rock, Arkansas

Mar. 10, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

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For questions about this event, contact Tabitha Childers at [email protected].

Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention is a full-day chapter-sponsored conference to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ suicide risk, bring research findings to the attention of professionals and the public, and explore strategies for LGBTQ+ suicide prevention in local communities.

The agenda includes plenary and breakout sessions that feature national experts on LGBTQ+ mental health and suicide risk and will be focused on making mental health, suicide prevention, and education an LGBTQ community priority.

Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention has been approved by NBCC for up to 5.0 NBCC credits.  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3001. 

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886723632-2166) for up to 5 continuing education contact hours.

Conference Goals

• Disseminate accurate information about suicide and related mental health risks for LGBTQ adolescents and adults
• Foster relationships between LGBTQ services, suicide prevention professionals and mainstream mental health providers and schools to increase cross-training and understanding of specific suicide risks, protective factors and support needs for LGBTQ adolescents and adults
• Increase community capacity to provide effective LGBTQ suicide prevention services

The event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus in the Donaghey Student Center. Registration is 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and the event starts at 8:30 a.m.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tabitha Childers at [email protected], 870-834-6777.  Stronger Communities Sponsorship Packet


John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH

Questions of Life and Death: Seeking answers about suicide deaths among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, a Research Assistant Professor with the West Virginia University (WVU) Injury Control Research Center, and a Research Health Scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He earned his PhD in Public Health Sciences from WVU and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in suicide prevention at the University of Rochester and the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention. His areas of expertise include interpersonal and self-directed violence among sexual and gender minorities, with specific attention to ways that data about social determinants of health can be integrated into adaptive health care systems. His current VA Health Services Research & Development Career Development Award is the first to focus on transgender health in the VA.
Questions of Life and Death: Seeking answers about suicide deaths among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, John R. Blosnich, Ph.D., MPH, Research health scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.


Stephen T. Russell, PhD

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in LGBT+ Communities.

Dr. Stephen Russell is a Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development in the department of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies adolescent development with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. He is chair of the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), was an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008) and full member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and is past-president of the Society for Research on Adolescence.


Jody L. Herman, PhD

Suicide Risk and Prevention Among Transgender People.

Jody L. Herman is a Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Her work has included research on the fiscal impacts of discrimination against transgender people, employer-provided health benefits coverage for gender transition, the development of trans-inclusive questions for population-based surveys, and suicidality among transgender people. Before joining Williams, she served as a co-author on the groundbreaking report “Injustice at Every Turn,” based on the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. She served as Co-PI for the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, the follow-up to the NTDS. She co-authored the report “Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Adults” with AFSP’s Ann Haas and Philip Rodgers. She holds a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University, where she also earned her MA in Public Policy.


Kimberly Shappley

Lunch Guest speaker

Kimberly Shappley is a registered nurse, an international board-certified lactation consultant, ordained minister, and mom of a whole bunch of amazing people, including a transgender daughter who has turned Kimberly into an accidental advocate. Working with Equality Texas as their Faith Outreach Coordinator, Kimberly is a nationally recognized sought-after speaker as a Southern Conservative Christian parent of a transgender child. Her family’s story has appeared on The TODAY Show, Vice HBO, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, and several national women’s magazines. Her recent work includes cultural diversity training for college faculty, as well as speaking at medical and mental health conferences, Christian congregations and women’s retreats.

Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Conference - Little Rock, Arkansas

2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204, USA