Research, Publications & Public Awareness

CASP keeps close watch on research and relevant works relating to issues associated with suicide prevention. Academic papers and professional developments in this field are of particular importance to assisting members of CASP and the general public in preventing harm and improving skills for those who work with at-risk groups and those grieving a loss.

A National Film Board documentary:

Drawing from Life, an NFB film

Drawing from Life, an NFB film

Drawing from life – moving away from suicide towards life

A documentary – animation hybrid

How do people learn to live rather than to die?  Drawing from Life follows a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once. A hybrid of vérité documentary and animation, this unusual film’s visual metaphors illuminate the thoughts and feelings of its participants. This candid portrayal of twelve people who together, for 20 weeks, take on their fears, their behaviours and their ghosts to move towards life and away from suicide.  It’s a surprisingly uplifting and universal story about what it means to be alive.

Drawing from Life is a production of the National Film Board of Canada Filmmaker-in-Residence project, produced with the creative participa tion of Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Animation Arts Centre.

Study Guide is available for download at: or directly here as a PDF document.

For more information: National Distribution 1-800-267-7710; USA Distribution 1-800-542-2164; International Distribution 1-514-283-9000

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Youth suicide is an issue that affects the whole community – and shared problems require shared solutions. It’s as simple as that.

As part of the Ontario government’s youth suicide prevention plan and comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre), together with a wide-range of stakeholders from across the province of Ontario, launched in May 2014. Specifically targeted towards service providers, this evidence-informed toolkit provides information and tools to support a whole-community approach to suicide prevention, risk management and postvention. In short, the toolkit helps communities to mobilize in addressing youth suicide.

Among the many valuable resources, you’ll find:

  • Information on prevention, risk-management and postvention.
  • Tools to kickstart and sustain your community network’s mobilization efforts.
  • An interactive map on initiatives taking place across Ontario.
  • We’re continually updating the site, so visit us at If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the toolkit, please feel free to connect with us at 613-737-2297 x3359 or