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    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 2 Nov 2018
    • Sheraton Hotel, 115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Conference Mission:

    Hope and connectedness are central to reducing the impact of suicide in our communities. Through partnerships and open dialogue, this conference aims to enhance understanding of suicide and suicide prevention and motivate communities to take action on a local level. This conference will inspire people to act as we learn from one another and acknowledge that we all have a role to play in reducing the impact of suicide.

    About the Conference:

    During this two-day event, the conference will mobilize any and all individuals who share a common interest in promoting life and preventing suicide. As the premiere suicide prevention knowledge exchange event in Canada, this conference will bring together multiple voices, learning from and sharing with one another, including researchers, front-line clinicians, survivors of suicide loss, survivors of suicide attempts and family and friends who have been affected by suicide. With a focus on informed-based best practices and research, we will provide a forum for diverse perspectives on the current state of information and future directions in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. 

    Keynote addresses and selected presentations will offer simultaneous translation in French or English, otherwise presentations will be in English.

    October 31st --
    4:30-7:30PM: Registration
    6:30-10PM: Meet & Greet

    November 1st --
    8AM: Registration
    8:30AM-Lunch: Presentations
    Lunch: CASP Annual General Meeting
    Lunch-5:30PM: Presentations
    Evening: Gala & Silent Auction Fundraiser

    November 2nd --
    8AM: Registration
    8:30AM-Lunch: Presentations
    Lunch: Persons with Lived Experience Event
    Lunch-5:30PM: Presentations

    Conference Themes:
    Presentations have been divided into three categories:
    - Prevention, Intervention, Postvention and Life Promotion
    - Research, Policy or Practice
    - Specific population focus, or intersectional analysis

    Prevention, Intervention and Postvention (Hope, Help, and Healing) are the three areas of focus when working in the area of suicide. They can be understood as the before, during and after experiences of thoughts of suicide, attempts or death.

    About the Pre-conference:
    PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONEL:  Engaging with the Challenges of Suicidal Behaviours

    The prevention of death by suicide is extremely valuable for maintaining a healthy population. Among our public safety personnel (e.g., correctional workers, firefighters, paramedics, police) and others who strive to keep the population safe and healthy, there is growing interest in understanding the breadth and depth of challenges they face, particularly with respect to suicidal behaviours (i.e., thoughts, planning, actions). The multifaceted workshop will begin by showcasing the recent growth in the published research on public safety personnel and suicidal behaviours, as well as pending opportunities for further work – particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Presenters will speak to research and recommendations that can be derived for public safety personnel from work done with the Canadian military and veterans, and therein provide insight into recognizing when people are struggling. In the afternoon, a modular training session focused on managing suicidal behaviours and creating awareness among public safety personnel will be offered to workshop participants. The training will be based on the latest version of the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) from the Department of National Defence.

    October 31st ---
    9:00 – 9:30: Breakfast
    9:30 – Lunch: Presentations
    Lunch – 4:00: R2MR training

    Delegate Fees:

    Registration fees are non-refundable but are transferable.

       Until September 15th As of September 16th 
     Participant --
     Pre-conference + Conference + Gala

     $525  $570
     Conference and Gala

     $445  $490
     Pre-conference and Conference



     Conference only

     $350  $395
     Student or Volunteer - Conference only



     Pre-conference only

     $100  $100
     Gala only

     $95  $95
     Participant - Single Day - November 1st  $199  $199
     Participant - Single Day - November 2nd  $199  $199

    Student pricing available with proof of student status (ex: ID card) or proof of sponsorship from an organisation (ex: letter indicating lived experience of participant).

    More details >

    Contact us with questions or for more information by emailing [email protected]

    • 1 Nov 2018
    • (UTC-02:30)
    • Elections during AGM in Newfoundland & Labrador (or virtually)


    The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is currently seeking applications for membership on its Board of Directors. 

    Interested individuals should submit their application (register online) by September 14, 2018.


    The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), envision a Canada without Suicide.  Since 1985, CASP works towards the achievement of its purpose by advocating, communicating, and educating for suicide prevention, intervention, postvention in Canada


    Our Values :

    Leadership : We aspire to be a leading voice for advocacy, communication and education for suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and life promotion within Canada.

    Inclusivity: We ensure that our efforts are inclusive of the diverse perspectives and circumstances of those across our Country impacted by Suicide.

    Fairness: We advocate for equitable access to suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and life promotion initiatives.

    Excellence : We strive for the highest quality as we pursue and facilitate informed based efforts for advocacy, communication and education.



    We invite individuals who have an interest in suicide prevention  and are committed to using their skills in support of a national coordinating body.

    Term and Location

     Directors will serve for a term of three years with eligibility for reappointment for a second consecutive term of three years.   These positions will commence October 2018.  The Board meets via teleconference calls and schedules two in-person meeting annually (including one during the Annual Conference).

    Time Commitment

     Meetings of the Board of Directors are two hours in duration.  Directors are expected to also participate on at least two board committees, should expect to participate in an average of 24  meetings (board and committees) per year; and, must make reasonable efforts to attend all scheduled meetings. Additionally, board members should plan to be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.

    Skills and Experience

     All candidates should have certain core skills, including:

    • Commitment to CASP’s mandate and strategic directions
    • Understanding of the CASP’s board’s governance role
    • Inter-personal communications
    • Creative and strategic planning / vision
    • Governance expertise
    • Financial literacy
    • Analytical, critical and strategic thinking

    In addition, the nomination and selection process is designed to maintain a board composition that includes experience/competency in the following specific areas:

    • Financial Management
    • Law
    • Human Resources Management
    • Fundraising/Fund Development
    • Event organization
    • Risk Management
    • Public Relations/Public Affairs
    • Social Media Communications
    • Social Engagement
    • Business Administration
    • Strategic Planning
    • Conference Management


    Board member responsibilities include:

    Provide leadership to board committees. Each board director is expected to serve as an active, ongoing member of at least one committee.  This requires a number of meetings per year plus individual committee task completion time. 
    • Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
    • Responsibly review and act upon committee recommendations brought to the board for action.  
    • Participate in the annual board development and planning retreat.
    • In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of CASP.
    • Engagement in fundraising activities
    • Ability to fund their participation in board activities is an asset.
    • Be able to work in English (Read, Write, Speak)
    Application Process

    Consistent with the CASP’s commitment to increased diversity in positions of influence, we encourage applications from those who reflect Canada’s English and French linguistic duality and its multi-cultural reality; provincial representation; the need for balanced gender and age diversity; persons with lived experience; as well as individuals who can represent immigrant/refugee/ethno-cultural/racialized (IRER) communities in Canada; LGBTQI2S communities; people with disabilities and other high risk populations.

    Interested individuals should submit their application (register online) by September 14, 2018.

    For questions: [email protected]


Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
PO Box 53082
RPO Rideau Centre
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1C5

Phone: (613) 702-4446
Fax: (613) 209-4932

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