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Experts to Address Suicide, Culture, and Community at Austen Riggs Center Virtual Fall Conference: October 16-17, 2020



Stockbridge, MA–September 29, 2020–As the pandemic wears on and claims more lives, reported mental health issues including suicidal thoughts are continuing to rise. How are COVID-19 and the necessary social isolation measures impacting suicide rates? What are the other individual and societal factors at play and how can we understand and combat them? 

In an effort to address these and other questions, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to present a VIRTUAL conference for clinicians, scholars, and mental health advocates, Suicide: Culture & Community on Friday evening and Saturday, October 16-17, 2020.  

Local and national experts, including James Gilligan, MD (keynote); Brenda J. Butler, MD; Sherry Molock, PhD; Anna Mueller, PhD; Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, PhD; and Michael Prezioso, PhD, will address topics related to: 

  • Suicide and Cultures of Violence  
  • Suicide: Social Isolation and Marginalization   
  • ​Suicide and Adolescent Social Networks 


Date: Friday evening and Saturday, October 16-17, 2020 

Cost: $35 without CE/CME credit; $75 with CE/CME credit (6.5 credits offered; including 3 risk management credits)  

Registration, schedule, and details: www.austenriggs.org/fallconference2020 

About the Austen Riggs Center   

The Austen Riggs Center is a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program that has been serving adults since its founding in 1919. Within an open setting, patients participate in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided four times a week by doctors on staff. The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center studies individuals in their social contexts through research, training, education, and outreach programs in the local community and beyond. For more information, visit www.austenriggs.org.  


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