Wed, Apr 25, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people in Canada and beyond (Kutcher & Szumilas, 2008). Many youth suicide prevention programs have been developed in response to this concerning trend, ranging in focus from school-based curriculum and awareness campaigns for all youth, to those that focus specifically on high-risk groups. Many of these programs are intended to strengthen protective factors, which are those that reduce the risk of suicide, such as social connectedness, self-esteem, ability to adapt to changing environments, and problem-solving skills, to name but a few (Suicide Prevention Resource Centre [SPRC], 2011).However, the majority of these programs to date have been developed and delivered to youth, rather than by youth (Lindquist-Grantz, 2018).
Wisdom to Action brought together youth, researchers, service providers, government officials, Elders and health care providers from coast to coast to coast in February 2018 in Vancouver to start sharing what works in youth-led suicide prevention and to consider issues related to programs and projects. This webinar will provide an overview of emergent research on youth-led suicide prevention and results from the W2A event. Participants will also learn about the work of the Embrace Life Council and We Matter.