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Ottawa, ON – May 1, 2017 – There is no better time than a 30th anniversary to reflect on past learnings while levering them, in the current environment, into a stronger future.  CASP is engaged in just such a process of re-affirming our national mandate and developing a vibrant and impactful strategic plan.  It is in this context that CASP is pleased to welcome Julie Kathleen Campbell as our new Executive Director and to announce the re-location of the office in the National Capital.

Julie Kathleen CampbellJ.K. is the founder of the Suicide Prevention Centre le Faubourg in the Laurentians (Quebec) and was their Executive Director and Clinical Supervisor for over 20 years. She is an accomplished presenter and has facilitated workshops and trainings nationally and internationally.   With a Masters in Community Psychology, J.K. has also been involved in Elaboration, Implementation and Evaluation of programs and services, as well as strategic planning.  She has partnered for many services & research projects.  She is a Past President of the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association and is bilingual, in French and English.

For over 30 years CASP has been dedicated to reducing suicide rates and the devastating impact of suicide on society through providing Canadians with important information about suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.  CASP has had an important role in efforts such as the development of the BluePrint for the Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy, the creation of a strong digital presence, many resource materials, partnership toward the implementation of a national suicide crisis line network and the annual National Conferences.  It is now time to build on those successes to meet the challenge presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the suicide rates by 10% before 2020 (Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020) .

As CASP enters this energizing time of re-definition, every opportunity to support the process is welcome and we will be seeking input and feed-back from all our stakeholders.

If you would like more information, please contact:                                                                                                

Julie K. Campbell, Executive director, +1 613-702-4446, CASP@suicideprevention.ca

Karen Letofsky, President,  +1 416 598-0168, Karen@torontodistresscentre.ca

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