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Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses is co-hosting a webinar on suicide prevention with CMHA-BC Workplace. The webinar is scheduled for September 9th in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, which is coming up on September 10th. We'd like to encourage you to register or attend an event to connect and support one another in raising awareness and preventing suicide. In this newsletter, you'll find registration details for our upcoming webinar, a series of additional workplace webinars covering a range of topics, and event information for Mysterious Barricades, a cross-Canada concert for suicide prevention, awareness and hope.

We'll be in touch soon with more resources and information on suicide awareness, prevention and hope. 
CASP's Call to Action

Be one who wears a ribbon.
Be one who reaches out.
Be one who speaks up.
Be one who listens.
Be one who makes a difference.

Be one.

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


To recognize World Suicide Prevention Day, Dr. Kathleen Stephany from Douglas College will present Suicide and the Working Environment.  Suicide is not a topic that we gravitate towards because it is sad and even scary. But all of us need to learn how to increase our comfort level in talking about suicide if we want to help prevent it. This dynamic session will provide individuals and organizations with practical information and insights on how to help someone who is suicidal.

Register for Suicide and the Working Environment today >>>

About the Presenter 

Kathleen Stephany is a full-time faculty and motivational speaker at Douglas College. An educator in the BSc Nursing program, she teaches courses in nursing ethics and leadership, mental health and addictions. Her greatest accomplishment has been the momentum she has gained in her suicide prevention work. She has also published self-help books and textbooks on Nursing Ethics and Empathy.

In addition to being employed as a nurse educator, Dr. Stephany also has a consultant business where she does motivational and inspirational speaking, and workshops on topics such as leadership, empowerment, ethics, communications and suicide prevention. She chose this career because she wanted to merge her professional interests, taking her skills and knowledge as a Registered Nurse and bringing them together with her psychology experience through the form of teaching.

Dr. Stephany received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Breyer State University, a Master and Bachelor in psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. She wants to leave a legacy of doing her best to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Her greatest strength is her capacity to care for other people and to empower them to be the best they can be.

CMHA BC is hosting a free series of webinars designed to build on the experience of the 2016 Bottom Line Conference. These webinars will cover a range of workplace mental health strategies, and will include valuable insights and lessons. Each one-hour webinar will provide participants with practical advice, skills and tools that can be used to support positive change in their own workplaces.

A Case Study on a Workplace Peer Support Program
October 19, 2016 from noon – 1:00 pm PST
Speaker: Lyne Wilson, NAV CANADA

To recognize Global Peer Supporters Celebration Day on October 20, 2016

Accommodating Addiction: Best Practices
November 7, 2016 from noon – 1:00 pm PST
Speaker: Julie Menten, Roper Greyell

To recognize National Addictions Awareness Week November 14-20, 2016

How to Create a Positive and High-Performing Culture
December 8, 2016 from noon – 1:00 pm PST
Speakers: Lori Charvat, Sandbox Consulting and Ric Matthews, Executive Management Professional

Register for a webinar today >>>
Mysterious Barricades

September 10th, 2016 from Sunrise-to-Sunset

From sunrise in St. John’s NL to sunset in Victoria BC, on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, an 18-hour concert of hope and awareness will grace a sequence of stages across Canada.  Featuring Canada’s finest professionally trained musicians and performers, this concert will raise awareness of the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health, between the darkness of depression and the light of hope, between life and death.

In partnership with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Canadian Mental Health Association, this free concert will encourage public discourse about the prevalence of suicide and measures for suicide prevention, encourage the formation of community by those impacted by suicide, and raise funds for education and support of those at risk and those impacted by suicide.  The entire concert event will be live streamed.

There are two concerts being held in British Columbia. They are taking place at UBC’s School of Music, Old Auditorium, and University of Victoria, Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. If you are interested in attending the event in person, please refer to the website for more details. 

Find out more >>>

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