Description: Join the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) for a webinar with Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos, a Clinician Scientist and the Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Research on suicide and its prevention: What the current evidence reveals and topics for future research
Description: Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for a webinar with Dr. Sylvanne Daniels of The Douglas Research Centre as we discuss what the current evidence tells us about suicide, and what can be done to prevent suicidal behaviours.
Dr. Sylvanne Daniels,
The Douglas Research Centre
Postvention: How to support families bereaved by the suicide of an adolescent
The suicide of an adolescent is a violent, unexpected, and self-inflicted death that falls outside the normal order of life, leaving the family in a crisis situation that requires them to mobilize their energy. Yet, despite this ordeal, most families continue to function and sometimes even undergo positive change following this experience. The concept of post-traumatic growth could help to explain this phenomenon. Based on the results of a study of families bereaved by the suicide of an adolescent, the process of post-traumatic growth of these families will be presented. Intervention methods will be proposed to help participants intervene to support families and individuals bereaved by a suicide.
Christine Genest is an assistant professor in the faculty of nursing at the Université de Montréal, and a researcher at CRISE and the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research. Her research interests focus on postvention, nursing in relation to suicide, the role of first responders, and the impact of suicide on these workers. Genest is currently leading two major research projects: (1) the adaptation of the emergency safety net to suicidal patients, and (2) the impact on first responders of repeated exposure to trauma. Her doctoral thesis explored the process of resilience among families bereaved by the suicide of an adolescent.
Suicide prevention in the digital age: Can youth really find help online?
Description: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have profoundly transformed how adolescents look for answers to their questions about mental health, particularly with respect to suicide. This workshop will immerse you in the virtual universe of adolescents at risk of suicide to better understand their process of looking for help and how to come to their aid more effectively.
Jessica Rassy is an assistant professor at the École des sciences infirmières, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke (Longueuil campus). She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in clinical sciences from the Université de Sherbrooke. Her doctoral thesis explored how adolescents at risk of suicide use ICTs to look for help. She also worked as a nurse in child psychiatry at Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies for several years. Rassy’s research interests focus on suicide prevention among adolescents, protective factors for suicide, ICTs in suicide prevention, and nursing in relation to suicide.
Safe messaging about suicide, mental illness and mental health
Description: Join Jodie Golden from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Dr. Jijian Voronka from the University of Windsor to learn how to safely talk about suicide and mental health. Information will be provided to help participants gain the confidence necessary to learn from people with lived experience and engage in safe and meaningful conversations around suicide and mental health.
Senior Policy Analyst, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Jijian Voronka,
Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
The Suicide Crisis Safety Plan (SCSP) is a dynamic tool for the practice of suicide prevention. The purpose of this training is to empower mental health professionals to develop an SCSP. The webinar will cover the relevance and fundamentals of the SCSP, its steps and support elements, its paper and digital protocols, and research data on the SCSP. The learning process will include a lecture, a clinical vignette, and a question period. At the end, participants will be invited to evaluate the webinar and identify their future training needs.
Two positive intervention strategies in schools that focus on the personal resources of primary school children
Description: Join Dr. Yvonne Bergmans from the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Suicide and Depression Studies Program to learn about safety planning and how it relates to suicide prevention. Dr. Bergmans will guide participants through a suicide prevention safety plan template and go in depth about what to incorporate and how to best use this template.
Dr. Yvonne Bergmans,
Suicide Intervention Consultant at the Suicide Studies Research Unit of the ASR Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies Program
This webinar explains the theoretical and practical foundations of the AUDIS-Intervention process. Its main elements are
adapting the level of intervention to the real danger experienced by the person
the need to take suicidal behaviours seriously
to provide safety while ensuring the autonomy and self-determination of the person.
The AUDIS-Intervention process offers suicide prevention strategies tailored to the specificities and needs of people with ID or ASD. Used in addition to estimation tools, it proposes strategies to ensure safety, create hope, reduce the risk of repetition, mitigate the suicide option, reduce risk factors, and increase protection factors.
This webinar explains the theoretical and practical foundations of the AUDIS-Estimation process. Its main elements are:
teamwork and the sharing of expertise and information
the need to seriously consider all suicidal behaviours from systemic and longitudinal perspectives
adaptating the investigation to the person’s characteristics (estimation criteria and language)
decoding the person's language and behaviours
multiplying sources of information
integrating suicide prevention into intervention plans.
The AUDIS-Estimation process is a clinical decision-support tool for immediate danger and long-term suicidal risk, specifically adapted to the particularities and needs of people with intellectual disorder (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It has four complementary spheres of risk investigation: identification, estimating the short-term danger, evaluating the medium- and long-term risk, and assessing the suicide option.