Working together towards a community without suicide
Suicide Prevention Ottawa
Suicide Prevention Ottawa is a group of organizations working together in Ottawa to make services more effective at preventing suicide among children, youth and young adults.
Our work revolves around three key areas of focus: research, responding after a suicide (or suicide postvention), and building capacity.
Browse our website to find information on these topics and more, along with resources and links to local organizations that can help respond to suicide in our community.
Suicide Prevention Ottawa does not provide crisis support.
For 24/7 bilingual, crisis support, call the Child Youth and Family Crisis Line at 613-260-2360, or 1-877-377-7775 (outside Ottawa) or call the Crisis Line at 1-866-996-09
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Learn how to help
Build understanding & confidence
Helping caregivers detect risk and support children and youth who are struggling.
With information from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario, Suicide Prevention Ottawa compiled a kit of resources that are essential to supporting caregivers to better understand what their children and youth are experiencing.
Building confidence to help someone who is struggling with suicide
Training in suicide prevention can help you to know what to look out for, and give you confidence in your response. The organization Living Works delivers training programs such as the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), safeTALK and suicideTALK. These are offered in Ottawa through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Suicide Prevention Day
Suicide Prevention Ottawa hosts a yearly event on September 10th for Suicide Prevention Day. These events offer an opportunity to learn about research, find out what is working well in preventing suicide and meet local practitioners who are working to prevent suicide in Ottawa. To learn more, contact email@example.com.
What the experts say
learn how to respond
There is consensus among practitioners about effective ways to respond to a death by suicide. Drawing on this, and designed for organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors, this checklist provides a step-by-step guide for what to do when a child/youth/young adult dies by suicide. This document is meant as a support and complement to existing policies and procedures.
When someone dies by suicide, the effect on those touched by it –families, friends, workers – can be immediate and traumatic. Research shows that planning ahead can ease grieving, promote a smoother adjustment, and prevent contagion (Cerel & Campbell, 2008).
Crisis & Resources
IN THE LOOP
Friday February 28th, 2020, Suicide Pre and Postvention Knowledge Exchange
On Friday, February 28, you are welcome to join us for a knowledge exchange event exploring suicide prevention and postvention research and best practices in post-secondary settings.
Please note that registration is free, but there are limited spaces available. Click here to RSVP to this event.
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