World Suicide Prevention Day

Dear Community of Practice Members,

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, we are pleased to share with you some important and useful resources. The passing of the talented Robin Williams just one month ago stimulated a lot of conversation and critical reflection. This dialogue contributed to conversations already on the go and catalyzed new ones. Whether you are interested in learning more, identifying resources to share with others, or are looking for the latest recommendations for policy and prevention, we encourage you to take through the thoughtful list of favourite resources shared by Dr. Jennifer White. Below, you will also find a message about the new Suicide Education Module developed by the BC Post-Secondary Counsellors’ Association (PSCA) for on-campus facilitated training sessions. Feel free to forward and share with anyone you think might be interested.

List of Favourite Resources

Dr. Jennifer White is the Director and an Associate Professor of the School of Child and Youth Care at University of Victoria. She has a longstanding connection to the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Community of Practice and is an expert in suicide prevention. For World Suicide Prevention Day, Jennifer kindly prepared a list of her favourite resources to share with all of you. 

Click here to review Jennifer’s notes on the list and links to the articles, websites, guidelines and projects that she has found particularly interesting and useful that are sure to be relevant to various stakeholders working (or learning) in the post-secondary context.  Feel free to save and share!
Jennifer’s list includes resources related to:
  • Protocol Development
  • Recommended Readings on Culturally Responsive Suicide Prevention   
  • Listening to Those with Lived Experience             
  • Suicide Statistics              
  • Suicide Risk Assessment              
  • Resources for Coping with Suicidal Thoughts      
  • Crisis Response Services 
You may also be interested in Jennifer’s HM/HC webinar and her keynote presentation from Summit 2012:                                    

Save the Dates:

Provincial HM/HC Student Leaders & Recent Alumni group Strategic Planning Event 
September 27th | 11am-5pm
More details coming soon!

Creating Conditions for Wellbeing in Learning Environments Webinar 
October 22nd | 10am-11am
Jointly presented with the Ontario Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, this interactive webinar will share SFU’s online resource and discuss key learnings for engaging instructors

In the Broader Community:

Imagining Inclusion Exhibits

First exhibit is today, four more coming this fall!
View announcement here 

The exhibits are part of the Project Everybody Campaign > learn more 

New Suicide Education Module developed by the BC Post-Secondary Counsellors’ Association (PSCA) for on-campus facilitated training sessions

Module Format: one single 4 hour session or two 2 hour sessions, for a group of between 12 to 21 participants
Message from the PSCA Suicide Education Module Design Team
Given the growing reality of potential for student suicide at our post-secondary institutions, the prevention of student suicides on campus has become a primary goal throughout the BC post-secondary sector.  Historically, counselling centres have been relied upon as the main (or sole) responder for education / prevention, intervention and postvention activities related to suicide.  Many counselling services report steeply increased demand to respond to the multilayered challenges involved in these complex client situations. We also know that the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking and behavior are very likely to be initially observed by persons other than counsellors in our institutional communities.  Faculty, staff and other students are often in closer proximity and have more frequent interaction with students at risk. Counselling centres need help with prevention, identification and early intervention. We believe that the members of our institutional communities have a genuine willingness and natural ability to assist with this vital responsibility.
We have thus been engaging in discussions about the timely need to compile the knowledge, strategies and resource information related to suicide prevention & intervention, and make it available to members of our post-secondary institutional communities. 
A commitment was made at the May 2013 BC PSCA Board Meeting, by executive motion, to develop a training module that could be adapted and used by B.C. post-secondary counsellors to engage and educate campus community members in the basics of suicide awareness and intervention.
We are excited to announce that this module has been distributed to counsellors across British Columbia. Contact Counselling Services at your post-secondary institution about the possibility of organizing a training session.
Please note, those interested in more advanced training, are encouraged to look into ASIST on the LivingWorks website.
If you have any questions or wish to consult about the module, please feel free to contact Chris Balmer at Camosun College at
The Project Design Team: Michelle Daoust, Rita Knodel and Chris Balmer

Other Resources of Interest:


  WHO's "Preventing Suicide- A Global Imperative" Report 

YouCanGo! Website with powerful video clips of students sharing different obstacles they have faced and how they have overcome these challenges.

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