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Outcomes: With the success comes growth and expansion. The 3rd annual conference will take on the name Western States Conference on Suicide and will build on the successes of the 2 previous conferences by welcoming neighboring states as a Northwest Regional Conference of distinction: WA, ID, MT, OR, NV, UT and WY. We aim to provide updates about suicide prevention efforts and measures affecting the geographic areas of the Pacific NW. Participants will leave the conference with a better knowledge of how they impact prevention, what Zero Suicide means, models of success and resiliency, and how each can implement facets from the conference into their own lives and professions.

  • Professionals will gain knowledge of tools, strategies and processes for screening, assessment and management of those at risk of suicide.
  • Laypeople will learn the basics of suicidal behavior, how to become involved in their communities and what recent suicide loss survivors and their friends can expect.

Lodging: To reserve a room using the block rate, please contact one of the following hotels and ask for the "Western States Conference on Suicide" rate. It is recommended that you make reservations early as the hotel has a limited capacity and is likely to get completely booked.

  • Hyatt Place, Downtown
    • Website (special rate linked here)
    • Phone: (208) 991-5275
    • Address: 1024 West Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702
    • Complimentary full breakfast, wi-fi, parking and airport/local shuttle
    • Block rate expires on June 16, 2017
  • Holiday Inn Express, Boise-University Area
    • Website (special rate linked here)
    • Phone: (208) 345-2002
    • Address: 475 West Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706
    • Complimentary full breakfast, shuttle based on availability, outdoor pool, indoor hot tub & parking
    • Block rate expires on June 2, 2017
  • Best Western Airport Inn
    • Phone: (208) 384-5000
    • Website (call for special rate)
    • Address: 2660 West Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705
    • Easy access off interstate / free parking
    • Block rate expires on June 8, 2017

Conference Location:

Boise State University - Jordan Ballroom

1700 West University Drive

Boise, ID 83725

Parking in the Lincoln Garage is FREE (no code necessary, parking attendants will be on site to help direct you) 



Cost: Conference is FREE thanks to our title sponsor Boise State University, additional sponsors, and supporters through donation. CEUs & CMEs are also provided at no cost. Registration costs are minimal, used to cover the cost of food & beverages.

Cutoff: Registration has been extended to 6:00 pm on June 22. 

Suicide Prevention Training

Join us for a day of suicide prevention training on Saturday, June 24. Training Day is optional and you can select which training you'd like to when you register. 

We are offering:

  • 11.5 free CMEs and CEUs for attendance at all sessions on June 23 and Dr. Rudd's training on June 24 
  • 12.5 free CMEs and CEUs, pending approval, for all sessions on June 23 and Mental Health First Aid (adult/youth) on June 24
  • 1 free ethics CEU will be available for counseling and social work licenses for "The Intersection of Behavioral Health Science and the Law – A Collision of Ethics and Paradigms"
  • 1 PD credit for attendance at all sessions on June 23 and MHFA or YMHFA on June 24, through Boise State University for $60. Register Here
    • Out of class assignment to be submitted: one page action plan: 
      -Reviewing state, district, and local school policies and procedures for students and staff experiencing a mental health crisis.
      -Action plan for implementing two ideas taken from the Western States Conference on Suicide (June 23) and/or Mental Health First Aid/ Youth Mental Health First Aid (June 24).
    • Email assignment to, DUE June 27, 2017

For anyone outside the State of Idaho, we suggest that you approach your licensing board with the agenda for the conference to see if this is something that it will approve.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Train-the-Trainer will be held in Boise on June 26-30.

30 seats will be available.

Cost: $1,500

If interested, please email 

From our Speakers

Kevin Hines

Dr. David Rudd

If you attended Saturday's training, you are welcome to download additional handouts. You will need to enter the password emailed to you via Eventbrite. Please email: for any assistance.

Meet The Speakers

Let's Give Some Love To Our Conference Sponsors

The organizers of the Western States Conference on Suicide are deeply grateful to every one of our sponsors. Sponsorship contributions are 100% tax deductible through our financial partner LiveWilder Foundation. You are each a valued partner. THANK YOU! We applaud your generosity and vision.  

For further information about becoming a sponsor please contact:

Words Matter Art

By Jessica Tookey

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Looking back on my childhood, I realize how untrue this statement is. Why do we teach our children that words don’t matter? They DO matter! I don’t remember ANY physical pain from my childhood, but boy oh boy do I remember the emotional pains. It is rare, if possible at all, to find someone who was not teased or picked on by someone in their lifetime because of their looks or because they were “different”. This sticks with a person and can contribute to depression and/or anxiety.

With this exhibit, I hope to uplift people who have struggled with mental health, help families who have lost a loved one to suicide and hopefully keep someone from ending their life. Why did I choose suicide? Throughout my life, I have often had thoughts that everyone would be better off if I weren’t here. In my childhood and teenage years, I even hurt myself…but not enough to make anyone notice. Thankfully, as a child, there wasn’t anything that pushed me all the way over the edge. As an adult, those dark times did come, I found myself sitting in the dark bathroom with a razor blade. But, by that time, I had my baby girl in the other room. I am grateful that she is a bright light that pulled me out of the darkness. You should not be embarrassed if you’ve had thoughts of suicide, instead, you should own it and talk to someone about it. Some of us are wired differently…that’s just the way we are. We are all people who are rising above life’s struggles to live successful, fulfilling lives.

Through conversations, or art, we can heal ourselves and others.

If you need to talk, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)