About Hope Starts Here

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is recognized as “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.” This day brings together loved ones who have experienced a loss to suicide and offer connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.

We are pleased to announce Frank Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, C.T., a national known expert on suicide grief as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Campbell has served as the Executive Director Emeritus of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, where he founded the National Suicidology Training Center (NSTC). He is also a volunteer Assistant Coroner in East Baton Rouge Parish. In addition to his volunteer activities, he is the Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting where he consults with communities on Active Postvention efforts and Forensic Suicidology cases. During his more than thirty-five years working with those bereaved by suicide, he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) in 1997, which is most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). He is a past-president of the American Association of Suicidology and a recipient of both national and international awards for his contributions.

Hope Starts Here is held annually on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (recognized the Saturday before Thanksgiving). It is a day for family and friends who have experienced a loss to suicide.

Our  local event is here to care for you. This year's event will be on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Bavarian Inn Lodge. It includes welcome food, lunch, and guest speakers.


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