Four County LOSS Coordinator Tonie Long attended the 2017 National LOSS Conference on April 24th and 25th, 2017. Tonie was joined by her husband, LOSS volunteer and survivor, Brad Long. The theme for this year’s conference was “Strength in Numbers: Engaging the Community in Suicide Postvention”, and was held in beautiful Phoenix Arizona. The conference was hosted by the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with EMPACT- Suicide Prevention Center, a community based, non-profit behavioral health organization in Arizona. The event was a unique opportunity to learn more about suicide postvention, and the Active Postvention Model known as LOSS. LOSS team members, coordinators and survivors from all over the country were in attendance, with representation from several international teams as well. Keynote speakers Dr. Frank Campbell, Dr. William Feigelman, and Stewart Smith MA, LPC, presented information on suicide related trauma, grief, and recovery. Information on growing and sustaining local LOSS teams was also presented. Tonie Long described the conference as “A great opportunity to come together with people from all over the country to inspire new ideas, and to create new partnerships in the fight against suicide.”
The National LOSS Conference will return to Phoenix in October, 2018.