Health & Specialty Care System

North Texas State Hospital

“Suicide Symposium:
Particulars, Perceptions, and Preventions”

Sponsored by:

Volunteer Services Council of North Texas State Hospital

Wednesday, May 4th • 8 AM – 5 PM
Wichita Falls MPEC • Wichita Falls, Texas

Open to Clinical and Non-clinical services within the community such as Police Departments, School Systems, MHA Providers, First Responders, Child Services, Ministry Alliance, etc.

*** Continuing education for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event. ***

8:00 am – 9:45 amCynthia A. Claassen, PhDSuicidal Behavior and its Prevention: Basic Concepts
10:00 am – 12:00 pmCynthia A. Claassen, PhDClinical Lecture:  Assessment & Care of Suicidal Patients in Healthcare Settings
Individual patient risk assessment and treatment models; healthcare system models; effectiveness of care
10:00 am – 12:00 pmKristi Wiley with
Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation
Community Lecture:  Talking about Suicide The QPR Approach
Lunch provided by the NTSH Volunteer Services Council
1:00 pm – 1:45 pmCynthia A. Claassen, PhDKeeping People Safe:  Why and How to Talk about Restricting Lethal Means
1:45 pm – 3:00 pmMultidisciplinary Panel
Cynthia A. Claassen, PhD,
Bethany Hughes, MD
Community Discussion of Suicide Prevention Approaches
3:15 pm – 4:30 pmBethany Hughes, MDGroup Case Discussion
4:30 pm – 5:00 pmCynthia A. Claassen, PhD,
Bethany Hughes, MD
Wrap up/ Question and Answer Session



North Texas State Hospital’s Leadership is sensitive to the current pandemic and remains committed to monitoring the situation closely and following all governmental guidelines. We will remain in contact with the local health authorities and organizational leadership to responsibly monitor the fluidity of the current circumstances. If cancellation becomes necessary, notifications will be sent promptly.

During the symposium the City of Wichita Falls prevailing guidelines concerning COVID-19 protocol will be followed, which currently do not require use of mask at indoor events. However, each participant may choose to wear a protective mask if they desire.


Ashley Scarbro 940-689-5645