Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention (CASP) has accomplished a great deal in 2014. We launched our new website, planned and implemented our first national virtual conference, and developed a multitude of new educational tools and resources, including videos. This would not have happened without the dedication from our Executive Director, Tim Wall, support from Klinic Community Health Centre in Winnipeg, and a tireless group of dedicated volunteers who constitute our Board of Directors. We are also particularly thankful for the support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
CASP will have served as the National Coordinating body for Suicide Intervention, Prevention and Postvention for 30 years in 2015. We recently prepared a case for support entitled “Compassion to Action.” The CASP case for support is being distributed to government and private sector in the hope of obtaining official recognition and funding.
In the meantime, we remain committed to uniting all communities, governments, organizations, stakeholders and resources across Canada to work effectively together to prevent death by suicide and to assist, educate and comfort those who have been impacted by suicidal behaviours.
Lastly, we are very sad to say goodbye to Tim Wall, CASP Executive Director, who will be retiring in March 2015. Tim has served as the Executive Director for CASP for the past seven years. We are thankful for his tireless dedication and contribution, and we will miss his companionship and friendship.
A new frontier lies ahead for CASP as we look for a new home and Executive Director, and seek official recognition and funding.
– Renée Ouimet, President of CASP