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2019 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/ U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Suicide Prevention Conference

August 26 -29, 2019

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Nashville, Tennessee


This year’s theme Many Roles. One Mission. - emphasizes that individuals and communities have an important role in preventing suicide among Service members and Veterans. This is a top priority for the DoD and VA; however, we cannot do it on our own. We need allies and advocates in communities across the Nation to join us in making suicide prevention a priority.

This conference will provide continuing education units, emphasize best practices and the current state of research in suicide prevention. Experts from various disciplines will have the opportunity to cross-train in research findings, clinical pathways, and practical experiences that cannot be gained via other means. See you in Nashville! #BeThere

This is a closed conference. The conference target audience includes VA and DoD suicide prevention teams, public health and mental health professionals, professional staff and leadership. VA and DoD partners and researchers/scholars will be invited to participate as presenters, exhibitors or as participants upon space availability.

The conference registration is now closed.


Thank you to all who attended the 2017 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention Conference in Denver, Colorado and made this conference a success!

  • 1,380 suicide prevention subject matter experts, coordinators, and managers attended
  • 251 suicide prevention SMEs presented at the conference
  • 91 training sessions were conducted
  • Social media soared with over 15 million twitter impressions propelling the conference to one of the top 8 social media health influencers in the world

To view the Tuesday afternoon TED Talk-style presentations from Facebook Head of Global Safety and by Mr. Kevin Hines visit the DSPO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DSPOmil

Military Crisis Line

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veteran/Military Crisis Line for immediate assistance.

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