CASP Conference 2017: Arts-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention

In September, the ASR partnered with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) to host a series of events in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day that explored the interface between the arts and suicide prevention. Events included a gala kick-off dinner featuring Shelley Marshall’s abridged production of “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”, an exclusive screening of the documentary “The S Word”, and a full day conference on September 12, 2017 which aimed to highlight a new perspective and direction for suicide research and healing.

Event Programming:

September 11, 2017: A gala kick-off dinner hosted at the Jazz Bistro featuring Shelley Marshall’s abridged production of “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”. Learn more about the show here >

September 12, 2017, Day Program: Full-day conference at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto, including panel presentations, symposia and workshops. This event aimed to bring together multiple perspectives on arts based intervention, given that limited knowledge is currently available in this area. This event was open to researchers, front-line clinicians and therapists, survivors of suicide loss, survivors of suicide attempts and family and friends who have been affected by suicide and are interested in exploring the arts as part of the healing process.

September 12, 2017, Evening Program: Presented by CASP, ASR and the MNjcc with support from Pfizer, the final event of our conference programming was an exclusive screening of “The S Word”, a groundbreaking documentary by Lisa Klein, followed by a panel presentation. More details about the S Word screening >

We would like to wholeheartedly thank all attendees, presenters and sponsors for their support of this conference. The event was a great success and we could not have done it without you!

Check out photo highlights from the event below:

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Please see the full CASP Conference website for more details about current and past years of the conference.