• Carmen Stanger
  • Carol Kottwitz
  • Carole Erickson
  • Carrie Holliday
  • Catherine Perusse
  • Iris PrettyPaint
  • Jeni Griffin
  • John Osborn
  • Lora Whalen
  • Marny Lombard
  • Melanie Collett
  • Nora Numkena
  • Sabrina Votava
  • Shannon Decker
  • Stewart Wilder

History of the conference

"All new revolutions start with conversations.” —Dr. Paul Quinnett, founder of QPR

The Zero Suicide - Inland Northwest community invested in this conversation, fed up with the cost in lives taken by suicide. The goal being to reach zero suicide in the greater Inland Northwest (eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana) by advocating for education and training throughout our communities and by bringing the newest thinking on safe suicide care from around the United States to our three-state region. 

In the Inland Northwest, achieving zero suicide will require that we avoid re-inventing the wheel and instead look to local, regional, and national successes. We’ll need to put our grief and loss to work, to network with each other, secure resources, provide broad-based trainings, and mobilize our communities. We’ll need to focus on settings where risks are higher including our courts, jails, juvenile justice settings, law enforcement, and worksites. 

Gonzaga University hosted the Zero Suicide Inland Northwest Conferences in 2015 & 2016. 

2017 growth and expansion

With the success comes growth and expansion. The 3rd annual conference will take on the name Western States Conference on Suicide and will build on the successes of the 2previous conferences by welcoming neighboring states as a Northwest Regional Conference of distinction: WA, ID, MT, OR, NV, UT and WY. We aim to provide updates about suicide prevention efforts and measures affecting the geographic areas of the Pacific NW. Participants will leave the conference with a better knowledge of how they impact prevention, what Zero Suicide means, models of success and resiliency, and how each can implement facets from the conference into their own lives and professions.

The term "Zero Suicide" has come to mean the commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies and tools.