Suicide Prevention - Webinar Series Archive

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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.

Guest speaker:

Dr. Sylvanne Daniels,
The Douglas Research Centre

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. 

Guest Speakers:

Jodie Golden,
Senior Policy Analyst, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Jijian Voronka,
Assistant Professor, University of Windsor

How to develop a suicide crisis safety plan

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

This webinar highlights the contributions of two programs — Zippy’s Friends, and Passport: Skills for Life — which are both part of CRISE’s approach to mental health promotion.

Webinar #11 -Suicide Prevention: Building a Safety Plan

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.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Yvonne Bergmans,
Suicide Intervention Consultant at the Suicide Studies Research Unit of the ASR Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies Program

Le processus AUDIS-Intervention

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
  • teamwork
  • 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.

Le processus AUDIS-Estimation

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.

Webinar #10 - Implementation of good practices in suicide prevention in Quebec : an innovative project

Description: This French webinar allows participants to learn about implementation of good practices in suicide prevention in Quebec: an innovative project. Dr. Julie Lane will touch on the suicide prevention initiatives in Quebec, the winning conditions for changing practices, and their impacts on suicide prevention.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Julie Lane,
Assistant to the director and manager of the library and advanced practices of the CIUSSS Estrie

Kim Basque,
Training coordinator at the Association Québécoise en prévention du suicide (AQPS)

Webinar #08 - Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies (March 9, 2017)

Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Description: Join Dr. Robyn McQuaid from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to learn about CCSA’s recent report, titled Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies. Dr. McQuaid will touch on the relationship between substance use and suicide, youth at risk for suicide, and the prevention and intervention approaches to address youth suicide and substance use.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Robyn McQuaid
Research and Policy Analyst
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Webinar #07 - Connecting Canada while Supporting Individuals’ Emotional and Mental Health (September 10, 2014)

Connecting Canada while Supporting Individuals’ Emotional and Mental Health

Description: According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (2012), 10 per cent of Canadians have reported mental health problems or substance dependence in the last 12 months. However, individuals who accessed distress line services (e.g., crisis lines), had a significantly higher number of discussions about mental health problems and mental illness than the national average, with calls of this nature reflecting 20 per cent of all topics of conversation.

This webinar examines the role of distress lines in supporting individuals who are suicidal or experiencing mental health crises. It also focuses on the establishment of a national toll-free number, and how the Canadian Distress Line Network is working to achieve this goal. 


Elizabeth (Liz) Fisk – Executive Director – Distress Centres of Ontario; Executive Team, Canadian Distress Line Centre;
Karen Letofsky – Executive Director, Distress Centres Toronto;
Janet Smith – Program Manager, Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services; Manitoba Suicide Line (Manitoba).