September 20, 2017
2:45 pm to 3:45 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Working Together to Build a Suicide Safer City in Ottawa
About the Session:
In 2015, the City of Ottawa became the first municipality in Canada, and the largest in the world, to offer safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for everyone workshop – all of its staff, volunteers, and learners. The aim of this workshop is to provide important skills and knowledge related to suicide prevention, to reduce stigma by talking about mental health in the community and in the workplace, and to encourage residents and employees to reach out and get support. The project places a public priority on fostering mental health and suicide prevention in the community.
In addition to this, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa and Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition to promote and deliver safeTALK workshops throughout the community.
How did we get here? How can you get there? How is it going? What have we learned? Let us share this with you – an overview of the Suicide-Safer Ottawa and safeTALK implementation project will be provided, including discussion on background, political influences, progress update, evaluation, data and lessons learned.
Benjamin Leikin is the Supervisor of Mental Health at Ottawa Public Health, co-chair of the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition, and co-chair of the Mental Health in Ontario Public Health Community of Practice. He has been involved in the field of mental health and suicide prevention for over a decade and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology, and a Masters in Public Administration, specializing in health and economic policy. Benjamin has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the City of Ottawa’s first Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Strategy, and currently, coordinates promotion and prevention projects across the region.
Julie Turcotte, RN, BScN, is a Public Health Nurse with Ottawa Public Health’s Mental Health Team. She is the coordinator and a bilingual trainer of safeTALK workshops offered to all City of Ottawa employees and community-based organizations. Julie leads the youth mental health portfolio as well as the Suicide-Safer Ottawa project; she is an experienced group facilitator, health promotion workshop facilitator, and conference speaker. Julie is the project lead of the Mental Health Caregiver Guide as well as the author, she has recently presented this national resource at the 2016 CMHA and 2016 CPHA National conferences.
Coordinating a Community-Based Response After a Suicide
About the Session:
The Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Post-Suicide Support Team (PSST) is a multi-disciplinary, community-based volunteer group that supports communities who have lost someone to suicide by providing group healing sessions. The PSST allow participants to express how they feel with a focus on strengths, resiliency, and linkages to existing resources. The team does not deal with family bereavement. The presentation will focus on its promotion, its process & content, training for supporters and best practices.
Renée Ouimet is the Past President of CASP. Renée is the Director of Capacity Building and Education at Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch; she has been an educator and suicide prevention trainer for 24 years. Renée has been involved in supporting a regional suicide prevention coalition and its activities for many years.