HM|HC Info Session
Dear Community of Practice Members,

In partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, HM|HC will be administering campus suicide prevention grants. All public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are eligible to apply for the $50,000 grants. The deadline to apply is January 3, 2021. 

Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2020 for an Info Session to learn from a panel of experts on suicide prevention and have the opportunity to receive technical assistance on the application. Participants will also be given the opportunity to learn from other campuses and work collaboratively on this application. 
  • Announcing Campus Suicide Prevention Grants
  • Upcoming Campus Suicide Prevention Info Session on December 10, 2020 from 11:30am-1:30pm 
  • Summit 2021: Call for Proposals Open
  • Email questions to:

Campus Suicide Prevention Grants 

The Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division (CMHA BC), in partnership with BC’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA), invites proposals from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in BC to engage in campus suicide prevention initiatives. The intent of this project is to assist post-secondary institutions in developing and implementing new or expanded campus suicide prevention frameworks and supporting rollout through the Healthy Minds| Healthy Campuses (HM|HC) community-of-practice network. HM|HC will provide on-demand technical assistance to support these initiatives throughout the duration of the grant project.

Each institution is invited to submit one proposal on behalf of their school (including multiple campuses) that describes how they will utilize the funding to support existing or new suicide prevention initiatives. Proposals should be collaborative in nature and consider a whole campus approach when discussing suicide prevention. Student and cross-departmental input is vital in the application process and throughout the funding term. 

*Please note: We understand this is a busy time of year for campuses and the grant proposal application guidelines have been created with this in mind. Applicants are not expected to meet all granting goals or deliverables at the time of the application. Rather, campuses can show that they will be taking into consideration the various guidelines at the time of implementation. The application proposal is flexible and modifications throughout the year can be discussed and considered. 

The deadline to apply is January 3, 2021.

For any questions or assistance, please email 

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Campus Suicide Prevention Info Session 

Thursday, December 10 @ 11:30am-1:30pm PST

This Info Session will be held to assist applicants in learning more about best practices in suicide prevention and how to apply them in a campus context. Our expert panel will be available for the first hour to answer any questions from the audience as it relates to suicide prevention and their respective expertise. 

During the second hour of the Info Session, the HM|HC Support Team will be available to provide any technical assistance regarding the application. There will also be an opportunity for participants to learn and work collaboratively with one another in small breakout groups. 

*Due to the collaborative nature of this Info Session, it will be held on the Zoom platform.

Through this session, you will

  • Learn about best practices in suicide prevention and how to apply them in a campus context
  • Participate in a Q&A with the expert panelists 
  • Receive technical assistance from the HM|HC Support Team
  • Work collaboratively with applicants from different campuses
HM|HC Info Session format:
  • Info Session with the option to connect over computer audio, chat or phone
  • Please mute audio after joining 
  • A recording will be made available after the Info Session

Panelist: Cecilia Marie Roberts

Cecilia Marie is passionate about life promotion/suicide prevention and understands from a first-hand perspective the toll that suicide has on individuals, families and communities. For over 15 years Cecilia Marie has been focused on suicide prevention, including supporting communities across the province to utilize whole community approaches to address the issue of youth suicide. Cecilia Marie has trained thousands of community members to be alert to suicide and understand how to have the difficult conversations with loved ones in distress. Cecilia Marie Roberts is the Suicide Prevention Project lead for the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Branch where she is currently leading the implementation of the Here4Hope project, Wellington’s framework for promoting life and preventing suicide.

Panelist: E. David Klonsky

E. David Klonsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has more than 100 publications on suicide, self-injury, and related topics, and has been recognized by awards from the American Association of Suicidology, Association for Psychological Science, and Society of Clinical Psychology (APA). He is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and has advised the American Psychiatric Association for DSM-5 and both the US and Canadian governmental organizations regarding suicide and self-injury prevention. In 2015 he published the Three-Step Theory (3ST) of suicide.

Panelist: Michael Mandrusiak 

Michael Mandrusiak is the Associate Director, Student Access and Well-being, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he provides direction and support to Accessibility Services, Counselling & Student Development and Student Health Services. Prior to coming to BCIT, Michael served as Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Training for Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program in Vancouver.  Michael earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Baylor University, where he completed his doctoral research with Dr. David Rudd on warning signs for suicide. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Manitoba and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, both in postsecondary counselling settings. Michael is registered as a psychologist in the province of British Columbia

Accepting Proposals for Summit 2021

HM|HC invites campus stakeholders and community partners to attend the February 22-25 2021 Summit, We Belong to Each Other: Cultivating Campus Communities for Mutual Well-BeingThis Summit will be an opportunity for our community of practice to come together once again in our collective pursuit of mental well-being and healthy relationships with substances within post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. 

We are mindful of Zoom fatigue, so please imagine the classic Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit but spread out over four days. Join us virtually for interactive sessions, thoughtful keynotes, invigorating panels and reflective breakouts. There will be plenty of opportunities for co-learning and collaboration to build collective momentum to strengthen our campus communities. We are inviting all members of the campus community to submit proposals (500 words max.) that will build on the theme of this year’s Summit and/or connect with its three streams:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus
  • Communities without Borders
  • Response to COVID-19
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