CASP Conference 2017: About the Conference

Co-hosted by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital, this one-day conference will focus on the arts in the healing process for those affected by suicide, and will take place as part of our outreach in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Conference Theme

This event on September 12, 2017 at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto will highlight a new perspective and direction for suicide research and healing, given that limited knowledge is currently available in the use of arts-based interventions in suicide studies. This event is 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. The two evening events will continue to promote the interactions of artists with participants while generating much-needed financial support for ongoing activities.

About the Organizers

Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention

CASP / ACPSThe Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) was incorporated in 1985 by a group of professionals who saw the need to provide information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. The organization’s core functions include:

  • Facilitation of information sharing on intervention and research
  • Development of excellence in research and service in Canada
  • Advocacy for policy development at the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Levels

This conference will replace the annual CASP Conference in 2017. CASP is currently engaged in a full review of its national strategic plan as part of its transition and relocation to our national capital in Ottawa. Following the success of last year’s conference in Nunavut and, in response to requests for alternative themes and formats, the organizing committee is pleased to offer this year’s event. CASP looks forward to co-hosting, once again, a full, larger-scale convention in 2018.

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Arthur Sommer Rotenburg Suicide & Depression Studies Program

ASRThe Arthur Sommer Rotenberg (ASR) Suicide & Depression Studies Program represents the first academic Chair in suicide studies in Canada. Based at St. Michael’s Hospital, this University of Toronto-endowed chair has led research in mental health care and interventions since its inception in 1997, and has built a strong clinical program that has treated hundreds for people. The vision for the ASR program is focused on identifying who is at risk for suicide and building a strong clinical program for suicide intervention, while working with the community to develop impactful research and advocacy projects.

Read more on the ASR website >