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Symposium Focuses on Suicide Prevention & Research and Strategies for Helping Youth Who Struggle with Suicidal Ideation

Teen Suicide Symposium


WACO, Texas - Bringing educators, mental health providers and others together to learn and take actionable steps to save lives, regarding what is considered “the preventable epidemic” among American youth, is the focus of the 15th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium.

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12, Cedar Crest Residential Treatment Center, Providence Ascension Healthcare Network, the Methodist Children's Home, and Klaras Center for Families will present the symposium from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Thursday, June 18. The session is $55 and registration is available at session #171198.

The Symposium, which normally is held at ESC Region 12 in Waco, will be held virtually through Zoom. Participants will have access to the Zoom link upon completion of their registration. The event format, though shorter, will be engaging and offer an online break-out to discuss the content and have breaks with the speakers. Medical and mental health speakers will share research and strategies for helping youth who struggle with suicidal ideation.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an average of one person dies by suicide every 12.8 minutes in the U.S with more than 129 people dying by suicide each day.

Jenipher Janek, ESC Region 12 counseling specialist and regional crisis response team leader, says "Mental health continues to be a huge concern for school personnel. During this time of separation, we still wish to access the best supports and resources for our children. In this year's 15th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium, we will hear about suicide safety plans and school responsibilities from Dr. Holly Robles, of Fort Bend ISD and hear from Dr. Fahd Rawra, MD from Alinatelehealth, who will share about mental health and telemedicine."

An Update on Sessions Due to COVID 19

Dear ESC Region 12 Customer:


We appreciate your ongoing commitment to growing professionally and we are continuing to remain flexible and creative on how we support you. We hope that rescheduling and moving sessions to a virtual format has been helpful. A number of short webinars and discussions have also been added to Facebook and Twitter where you can reference later. Our goal is to offer you opportunities to connect with us and your colleagues as we all work to quickly solve challenges that come up due to COVID-19.

All Sessions Virtual

  • At this time and out of an abundance of caution, we will only offer virtual sessions and conferences through the end of August.
  • If your session is canceled, you will receive an email from our registration system. The email will come from Additionally, you can expect an email and/or phone call. 
  • If a cancellation is not offered in another format, you or your school will receive a refund or a coupon to a future ESC Region 12 event.
  • If you are no longer able to participate in a session due to a date or format change, please email, or call 254.297.1210.
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