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2022 World Suicide Prevention Day Event

September 10, 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first launched in 2003 on the 10th of September by IASP with the endorsement of the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year has been designated as a way of focusing attention on the problems of suicide worldwide. 

The intention of our WSPD events is to destigmatize conversations about suicide by creating a space where people can connect and share with others who have experienced various forms suicidality.  

The 2022 event strives to show that every little action is a spark of hope that will make a difference and aims to empower people with confidence to engage with this complex subject.

Building on the success of past years, CASP will once again be hosting a virtual event of pre-recorded videos featuring various speakers who will be sharing their stories of suicidality, with the focus on suicide in the workplace. During the event, participants will be invited to submit their questions to the speakers for the Q&A period. The event will be held in English with French subtitles on the videos.

Join us on September 10, 2022 from 12:00pm-1:15pm Eastern Time (Toronto time zone).

Registration is free and closes on September 9, 2022 at 5pm Eastern time.

Speaker Bios

Akash Asif

Akash holds Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Calgary. In 2019, Akash joined the Centre for Suicide Prevention. As Strategy and Operations Director, Akash helps identify and engage new and current audiences in the organization’s mission to reduce stigma and increase awareness of suicide prevention training and education. In addition, Akash leads the Centre’s Buddy Up campaign, which is focused on men and suicide prevention. 

Scott Gibney 

Serving as a member of industrial emergency response teams for 20 years, Scott joined Project All In as a Board Member in 2019, learning about the initiative through the project founder, Chad Guenter, when he came to train the emergency team in rope rescue skills. 

Having identified the vulnerability team members to mental health issues stemming from responding to incidents as part of the team, and likely having personal relationships with the individuals involved in the event, the Project All In initiative immediately drew his attention and the Challenge Coin tool is integrated into the teams to provide the avenue for discussion surrounding mental health struggles. 

Robb Johannes 

Robb (he/him/his) works in program and policy development with Fred Victor in Toronto; co-chairs the St. James Town Service Providers’ Network (SJTSPN); sits on the Boards of Directors for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) and Working for Change, Executive Committee of Health Promotions Ontario (HPO), advisory councils for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), and Toronto Police’s Race-Based Data Strategy; and is an Adjunct Professor at both the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and York University’s School of Social Work. He was Executive Director of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), who spearheaded the opening of North America’s first supervised injection facility and worked on successful Supreme Court challenges affirming harm reduction practices, the safety of marginalized women in sex work, and the right of individuals without fixed addresses to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections. He coordinated Justice Studies at the Native Education Centre (NEC), Canada’s longest-running Indigenous post-secondary institution, and taught in the School of Criminology and Department of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he earned his Master’s Degree.

For eight years, he coordinated the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a restorative justice initiative in federal prisons. Sometimes referred to as “Toronto Bono” (as he for over ten years has been lead vocalist of the acclaimed rock band Paint and has a newly-launched musical project, “a question of when”), Robb works with Bono’s ONE campaign on women’s rights and ending extreme poverty internationally. 

Glenda Ann Robertson

Glenda Ann has 30+ plus years of experience in hospitality and event management. She co-founded Kitchens 4 Missions in 2018 in response to a need for suicide prevention and mental health awareness, particularly within the hospitality industry, following the news of Chef Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide. She is a suicide survivor and holds a certification from the World Health Organization in “Engaging communities in suicide prevention” as well as the No Stigmas “Ally” certification and the LivingWorks “Start” certification. Glenda Ann’s event organization experience include the NIKE World Jr. Tennis Tournament, The Caribbean World Boxing Championship and the launch of Kalik Beer on the US market. 

Glenda Ann has been working for CASP as an Event Strategist with her primary focus on developing and executing unique food philanthropy initiative events in select cities across Canada, bringing the messages of CASP and Kitchens 4 Missions together to raise awareness and funds towards the important subjects of suicide prevention, life promotion and mental health.