Published on April 21, 2015

Suicide Prevention Conference taking place this week in Owensboro

The annual Suicide Prevention Coalition conference kicks off Thursday, April 23, 2015 with the presentation, The Invisible Front: Tough Talk.

This featured presentation is free to the public and explores the unforgettable story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and the other to combat - and how the family channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces suicide epidemic as told through the eyes of parents, Major General Mark and Carol Graham.

You are invited to join the Graham's as they help listeners understand the human cost of war and its lingering effects off the battlefield.

On Friday April 24, 2015 the conference will host William “Bill” Schmitz, Jr., President of the American Association of Suicidology, who will address a number of topics related to suicide prevention and treatment including case studies, facts and statistics.

The Suicide Prevention Conference takes place April 23-24 at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital auditorium.

The conference is presented by the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition; for more information visit their website to register.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit