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Agenda: The final Atlanta agenda appears below. You can also download the document here. We welcome feedback!

Monday, September 21, 2015


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Note 1 – Summit Objectives:

  1. Develop an international declaration for zero suicide in healthcare with consensus on key content
  2. Advance a social movement that brings a revolutionary perspective to society’s involvement and engagement
  3. Create an international leadership support network, including healthcare providers, suicide prevention experts and others

Note 2 – Speed Dating

Each participant will partner with the person next to them in the group and have a five minute opening conversation. They will use the framework below to learn information to share with the group about their “date.”

  • Who you are and where you are from?
  • Why is it important for you to be here?
  • What you are bringing to the table as your contribution to the mix?
  • One fun fact (unusual hobby, attribute, experience, talent, etc.)

Note 3 – Card Sort Exercise

Participants will break into five groups of ten and each person will write key principles, goals, 5-year outcome targets, etc. on blank cards, which can be altered/reworded/improved to better reflect the group input.

  • Review Stage 1. Each small group will review a card at a time and decide if they ‘accept’, ‘discard’, or ‘change’ that card and document their rationale.
  • Review Stage 2. The group will rank order the priority of their top 5 cards, and document their rationale for their choices.
  • Review Stage 3. The group will develop a 2-minute promotional TV advertisement to sell their ideas. This could include a role play, song, flip chart, or other concept to persuade the larger group regarding the wisdom and logic of their choices.

Note 4 – Shark Tank/Dragon’s Den Sales Pitches by Group

Think Dragon’s Den (UK) or Shark’s Tank (US) format. It’s time for each group to “sell” their choices. Each group will have 2 minutes to ‘sell’ to the whole group their choices and why their 5 choices should be included using their promotional advert/role play/song/poster.

The presentations will be followed by a voting session where each participant has 3 votes (using colored dot stickers) they can use to vote by placing a colored sticker against choices they feel should definitely  be included in the final declaration.

This process will give us an idea of views across the group and also how particular themes, goals and targets should be refined into key messages.

Note 5 – Behavioral Health Link (Georgia Crisis & Access Line)

The statewide Georgia Crisis & Access Line features an integration of technology and clinical innovation, which has become known as the “air traffic control” approach. The partnership with Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Beacon Health Options has been recognized by Business Week Magazine, Harvard University’s JFK School of Business and Ash Institute of Government, SAMHSA, NAMI, NASMHPD, the National Council, the Council of State Governments and APA journal Clinician’s Research Digest.

  • Integrated Health Resources, LLC (d/b/a Behavioral Health Link), 225 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Note 6 – Dinner Monday Evening at the Hyatt Polaris Club.

Thanks to our sponsors Kevin & Margaret Hines and Behavioral Health Link we are hosting a special dinner event at the Hyatt Polaris club on the 22nd floor at 265 Peachtree St. The event begins at 7:30pm and will end by midnight.

Please RSVP to


Note 7 – Evening “Homework”/Telling Stories “In the Bar”

We want to continue the brainstorming during the evening with an overnight task for pre- and post-dinner. This is designed to be fun but with a purpose to advance our thinking and fuel our creativity.

The task is to identify a Children’s Fairy Story or Fable to describe the process of trying to change some aspect of the world. We are putting together a declaration, promoting it, and getting the message out to lands far and near. What fits best, and why? Think Pixar, Disney, Hercules, Daniel and the Lion, the Wizard of Oz with its unlikely team of hero and heroines, Jungle Book, Lion King, etc., as ideas to shape your story frame.

What are the principle characters? What challenges do they face? How did they tackle the obstacles? What did they say, and what did they do, to ultimately win through it all and create the “happily ever after” ending?

Note 8 – World Café. Our final framework will be the World Café, which was designed for exploring questions that matter and integrating diverse individual perspectives into a new collective perspective.

Each of the five small groups will answer the questions below:

  • Q1: Who are the allies we can or should mobilize? What arguments do they need to become active and energized?
  • Q2: Who do we have to convince to change views and habits? What are their values, fears, concerns, interests?
  • Q3: How/where do we spread the word (channels, platforms, levels)?
  • Q4: How do we operationalize an international leadership support network for Zero Suicide?
  • Q5: How will we know if this declaration has had any impact? What would we see that would be different?

Participants will not stay with their small groups, but will move tables every 20 minutes in whatever order they choose (aka musical chairs, finding an open seat at another table). This will all everyone to contribute to a building discussion on all five key questions across the cafe session.

Only the table moderators will stay at their original spots, and they will ensure that there is a running thread and work to eliminate duplication, rather building the conversation forward.

Note 9 – Professor Jo Smith (see profile here)

Note 10 – Social Media Coverage

We will use two hashtags to cover this event, #iimhl2015 and #zerosuicide. There will also be a photographer and videographer present and we have engaged a graphical facilitator to document this important event.

Coordinators: @BartAndrews (BHR) and @SarahABernes (SPRC)

Break-out Groups

Facilitator: Jo Smith


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  • A few quotes to keep us going as we make the journey to Atlanta and maybe wonder why we are coming and what will come out of it…

    “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

    Lets put our minds together and see what life we can create for our children’ (Sitting Bull)

    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” (Elie Wiesel)

    “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your actions. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” (R. Buckminster Fuller)

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