Second Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium

Mark Your Calendar Now for October 12, 2019

Suicide prevention flyer in Spanish
Suicide Prevention flyer

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Second Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium: The Hero in Each of Us: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention to be held on October 12, 2019, 8:30am – 3:30pm will open on September 1. This important event is brought to you by Rady Children’s Hospital and Ninth District PTA. Registration is $20, and includes a box lunch and light refreshments. Seating is limited – register early so you don’t miss out!

Spanish translation available/Traducción al español roporcionada.

Suicide and suicidal thinking is a growing problem for our youth nationwide. Young people within San Diego and Imperial Counties are especially impacted — in fact, San Diego teens experience the highest rate of suicidal thinking in the State of California. The Second Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium brings parents, care-givers, educators, and health care professionals together to learn about suicidal thinking in teens and share information on strategies schools, families, and other groups can use to prevent youth suicide. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with people in our community who can assist with the establishment of prevention programs or locating appropriate resources.

2nd Ann Suicide Prev Agenda

The Symposium returns to the Grand Room at Rady Children’s Hospital’s Education and Office Building (7960 Birmingham Dr. San Diego, CA 92123; click map below to download). With room for over 140 attendees, we have an agenda that includes a full Saturday of presentations. The agenda (click the agenda to the left to download) was created based on feedback and requests from last year’s attendees.

Rady Children's Hospital Exex Office Bldg map

This year’s Second Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium: The Hero in Each of Us: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention will explore typical youth development and ways to encourage the growth of protective factors and coping skills. An introductory presentation entitled “Youth Suicide Prevention 101” will be followed by an interactive discussion on the steps and practice of the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) strategy. Following lunch and time for networking, presentations will focus on teen brain development and the factors that can contribute to suicidal thinking. We are also pleased to offer a special presentation on resilience-building and coping skill development and the use of protective factors, safety planning, and other resources. The symposium will conclude with attendees working with a partner or in small groups to create an action plan for how they will take what they have learned and apply those skills in their personal, volunteer, or professional lives.

Ninth District PTA is pleased to have the support of Rady Children’s Hospital for this important event and the participation of dedicated professionals from their inpatient and outpatient psychiatry clinics, as well as the new Rady’s Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department. The Suicide Prevention Symposium promises to be a day for building greater awareness, developing improved strategies, and forming important connections with others to directly benefit the health and safety of the youth in our community.

Not a PTA member?

To join a local unit go to to join the PTA at a school near you!

Thinking of suicide? Or know someone who might be?

Call or text 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or (888)724-7240

Know the Warning Signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Displaying Extreme mood swings

Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to painful events, loss, or change.