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AAS Conference Recap

Last week Neil and Rachel attended the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference in Atlanta, GA. As always, it was fun seeing familiar faces and catching up with friends and clients in the suicide prevention industry.

Atlanta is a nice place for a conference; we enjoyed our trip there for the AIRS conference last year, and it was great to visit again for AAS. The Hyatt Regency where the conference was held proved to have a nice layout that allowed for good flow of traffic, convenient access between guest rooms, session areas and the exhibitor’s hall. We took part in some really fun and interesting “hallway conversations” with key people attending the conference.

The evenings provided a great opportunity for funders, call centers, and vendors alike to mix and mingle and share neat ideas. Here’s some of us (Neil in the upper left) out for dinner the first night.


Another fun jaunt led us to this beautiful view of Atlanta’s SkyView Ferris Wheel as seen from a nearby hotel.

Atlanta Skyview Ferris Wheel

It was also great to tour Behavioral Health Link located across the street from the conference location. That tour was extremely well attended and informative. BHL runs a clearly professional crisis center that ensures the clients are not only well referred, but also that the service providers to whom the clients are referred get accurate and timely service. Really impressive.

We enjoyed Lifeline’s session where they shared that their network has answered over 7 million calls in their 10 years. Coincidentally, this network launched the same day as iCarol: January 1, 2005. They also highlighted the success of Lifeline Crisis Chat, an important channel to reach people where they are at and provide help and counseling to them. They shared that they’re seeing more youth on their chat sessions than they see on phone calls; about 40% are under 25. Another reminder that there are groups that simply prefer to reach services online these days, and it’s important to be available to those folks. It’s a network that iCarol is honored to be working with and it was great to hear about the successes first hand.

We learned about an upcoming conference opportunity for suicide prevention professionals – The Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference will be held July 22-23, 2015 with a pre-conference training day on July 21st at the Kansas City Airport Marriott. This conference is being organized by suicide prevention partners in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri and will feature some key experts in the field. Check out their website for more information.

AAS put on a really great conference this year. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hi, and of course to the new friends we made if you want to learn more about iCarol we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call, contact us on our website or join an upcoming webinar to learn more about us and our features.

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