While alcohol use is linked to as many as one-third of suicide deaths, this connection is rarely discussed.
In this webinar, Drs. Norman Giesbrecht, Heather Orpana, Sarah Konefal, and Robert Gabrys outline the pathways between alcohol use and suicide, the data and terminology used to discuss alcohol-related suicide, and how policies on alcohol relate to the prevention of such deaths.
Each presentation also touches on the past and potential impacts of COVID-19 on alcohol-related deaths and suicide.
Postvention Program: Being prepared to act in the event of a suicide
*Please note, some terms used at the start of the webinar are not considered safe language when it comes to talking about suicide. We apologize for the use of these terms. This was corrected later in the webinar. For more information on safe language, please visit the Language Matters: Safe Communication for Suicide Prevention guide *
Postvention refers to the actions taken in a school or a community setting in response to a death by suicide. While the efficiency of postvention programs for reducing the rate of suicide must still be demonstrated empirically, clinical experts are suggesting that they are a best practice for preventing a “ripple” effect.
The webinar discusses the Being Prepared to Act in the Event of a Suicide postvention program, launched this past February in Quebec. The multimodal program includes various strategies, which can be offered simultaneously based on sequential phases for different subgroups.
Informing the program were different analyses, including a study that used a Delphi method consensus as well as a strategic evaluation.
The study was completed in partnership with:
L’Association Québécoise de Prévention du Suicide.
Funding for the program was provided by the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse du Gouvernement du Québec.
The webinar was presented by Monique Séguin, PhD. Dr. Séguin, the program's co-author, is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Psychoeducation at the Université du Québec en Outaouais as well as a researcher at the McGill Group for Suicide Studies and a member of the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le suicide, la dépression et les troubles associés (Rqsdta).
Physician Wellness, Engagement, and Excellence. Strategies and opportunities to improve physician wellness, decrease burnout, and support professional practice
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