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Lingering Impact of Suicide: Implementing Supports for Individuals and Families, SafeGuards

Timmins, Ontario
May 7-8, 2018

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadians aged 15 to 34 (Statistics Canada, 2001). Children and youth who experience a family member’s death by suicide are at higher risk of developing childhood traumatic grief. Surviving family members have increased incidence of suicide attempts and suicidal ideation that can be passed on within families.

There is some good news.  While active and passive suicidal ideation is a frequent reason for referral to mental health services, suicide-related symptoms can be treated effectively with evidence-based therapeutic models that are family-focused. Families can decrease the risk by talking together about suicide and mental health, learning effective strategies to manage pain, sadness and other strong emotions, and establishing/maintaining strong, healthy relationships.  

For those providing mental health services, evidence-based therapeutic models that are family-focused can be used effectively to reduce suicide-related symptoms and impact on future generations.

Topics include:

  • Debriefing the family when a child or adolescent has attempted suicide
  • Developing safety plans that include family members
  • Supporting families in the creation of a “suicide free” family in the immediate and long-term future

For more information or to register, please visit

Registration Info

  • Group Discount: 20% off groups of 4 or more from one agency.
  • Visit the event page on SafeGuards website for more info.