Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) would like to thank our many members, donors, volunteers, board members, staff, presenters, moderators, social media followers and the community-at-large for their overwhelming support and active participation in spreading awareness and advocacy about suicide prevention during our recent World Suicide Prevention Day. You proved that “Creating Hope Through Action” can make a difference and we are extremely grateful for that!
2021 World Suicide Prevention Day Event
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) will be hosting a virtual ONLINE EVENT on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST, in English with French subtitles, on this year’s theme of “Creating Hope Through Action”.
The event will feature presentations by a group of panelists who will share their unique experiences of suicide-related behaviours and actions and what was and wasn’t supportive to them during this time. Following the presentations, there will be a live Q & A. At the end of the session, participants will be encouraged to participate later that evening in a “Candle Vigil”, by placing a lit candle in their window to “Light a Flame of Hope” at 8:00 pm in their respective time zones.
Our guest presenters who will share their unique stories at the event are:
As a suicide attempt survivor, Ryan Luyk, is passionate about giving back by sharing his wellness and recovery story openly and honestly with local hospitals, not-for-profits and online platforms.
Having accessed mental health & addiction support services, both outpatient & in-patient, over the last number of years, Ryan has re-discovered previous interests and passions, developed new coping skills and strategies and ultimately found joy and meaning in life once again. Ryan recently celebrated four years of sobriety on August 6th.
A resident of Hamilton, Ryan possesses a Diploma in Human Resources Management from McMaster University and a Certificate in Disability Management and Attendance Support from the University of Guelph.
Ryan works as an Account Executive & HR Consultant with Calyx Wellness. Ryan is certified in ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid - Basic & safetalk - Suicide Alertness for Everyone and is also a member of CASP’s People Impacted by Suicide Working Group.
Aly Raposo is the Human Rights Committee of Council Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg.
Aly is an award winning speaker. Her initiatives have earned her some tremendous awards in the past few years including:
Aly was also listed as one of the 8 Influential Millennial's in Winnipeg to Watch in 2017.
She sits on the board of directors for the Alpha House Project where she advocates to end gender-based violence.
Asante Haughton is a mental health advocate devoted to changing the world.
Focused on amplifying the stories of everyday people to illuminate gaps in the system, Asante works to build bridges between community members and policy makers in order to find solutions to challenges together.
Asante is the co-founder of the Reach Out Response Network, an organization advocating for non-police led mobile crisis emergency response.
Asante is also a 2x TEDx speaker and a CAMH Difference Maker, awarded with the distinction of being one of the top 150 mental health influencers in Canada.
When Asante is not speaking and advocating he is designing, managing and facilitating peer support training programs at Stella's Place, a youth mental health service agency in Toronto and hosting the web show, Cypher, which turns peer support stories into original songs by Juno nominated musicians.
2021 World Suicide Prevention Day Resources
We are also pleased to offer once again, materials and resources for World Suicide Prevention Day, which this year will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021.
World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance for everyone to join us in promoting understanding about suicide: those impacted by a suicide attempt or loss, family and friends, charitable organizations, professionals, politicians, volunteers and community members.
Every year on September 10th, people in over 50 countries connect to assist in Creating Hope Through Action.
Please click on images below to download resources available for this year's event:
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BILINGUAL (ENGLISH AND FRENCH)
Some statistics (from Public Health Agency of Canada)
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For more information, visit www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/suicide-prevention.html
RECAP OF LAST YEAR'S EVENT: WSPD 2020