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Conference Mission:

Hope and connectedness are central to reducing the impact of suicide in our communities. Through partnerships and open dialogue, this conference aims to enhance understanding of suicide and suicide prevention and motivate communities to take action on a local level. This conference will inspire people to act as we learn from one another and acknowledge that we all have a role to play in reducing the impact of suicide.

Contact us with questions or for more information by emailing [email protected]

Conference Themes:
Presentations have been divided into three categories:
     - Prevention, Intervention, Postvention and Life Promotion
     - Research, Policy or Practice
     - Specific population focus, or intersectional analysis

Prevention, Intervention and Postvention (Hope, Help, and Healing) are the three areas of focus when working in the area of suicide. They can be understood as the before, during and after experiences of thoughts of suicide, attempts or death. 

PREVENTION is the umbrella in working toward reducing deaths by suicide; increasing awareness, eliminating stigma, knowing what to do in the event that you or someone you know experiences thoughts or behaviours associated with suicide. It’s having the skills, awareness, before someone is in crisis. Prevention efforts are bolstered by what is learned in the postvention process when we ask, “What are the policies, services, messages and supports needed to save lives?”

INTERVENTION includes coping and intervening in the event that you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thinking or behaviours.

POSTVENTION includes the skills and strategies for taking care of yourself or helping another person heal after the experience of suicide thoughts, attempts or death.

About the Conference:

During this two-day event, the conference will mobilize any and all individuals who share a common interest in promoting life and preventing suicide. As the premiere suicide prevention knowledge exchange event in Canada, this conference will bring together multiple voices, learning from and sharing with one another, including researchers, front-line clinicians, survivors of suicide loss, survivors of suicide attempts and family and friends who have been affected by suicide. With a focus on informed-based best practices and research, we will provide a forum for diverse perspectives on the current state of information and future directions in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Presentation formats include:
      - Panels
      - Workshops
      - Roundtables
      - Posters/Storyboards
      - Artwork
      - Paper Presentations
      - Think Tank Sessions 

Keynote addresses and selected presentations will offer simultaneous translation in French or English, otherwise presentations will be in English.

Overview of the schedule (more program details to follow):
October 31st --
4:30-7:30pm: Registration
6:30-10:00pm: Meet & Greet

November 1st --
8:00 am: Registration
8:30am-5:30pm: Presentations
During Lunch: CASP Annual General Meeting
Evening: Gala & Silent Auction Fundraiser

November 2nd --
8:00am: Registration
8:30am-5:30pm: Presentations
During Lunch: Persons with Lived Experience Event

About the Pre-conference:
PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONEL:  Engaging with the Challenges of Suicidal Behaviours

The prevention of death by suicide is extremely valuable for maintaining a healthy population. Among our public safety personnel (e.g., correctional workers, firefighters, paramedics, police) and others who strive to keep the population safe and healthy, there is growing interest in understanding the breadth and depth of challenges they face, particularly with respect to suicidal behaviours (i.e., thoughts, planning, actions). The multifaceted workshop will begin by showcasing the recent growth in the published research on public safety personnel and suicidal behaviours, as well as pending opportunities for further work – particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Presenters will speak to research and recommendations that can be derived for public safety personnel from work done with the Canadian military and veterans, and therein provide insight into recognizing when people are struggling. In the afternoon, a modular training session focused on managing suicidal behaviours and creating awareness among public safety personnel will be offered to workshop participants. The training will be based on the latest version of the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) from the Department of National Defence.

October 31st ---
9:00 – 9:30: Breakfast
9:30 – Lunch: Presentations
Lunch – 4:00: R2MR training

This 29th edition of the CASP National Annual Conference is made possible by the support of local co-host organisations and financial partners. Please visit their information booths and exchange your expertise!

Meet the 2018 Conference Co-hosts:

The John Howard Society of Newfoundland & Labrador

A community-based organization comprising of, and governed by, individuals whose goal is to understand and respond to crime and its consequences. Their mission is to facilitate the rehabilitation of offenders and safer communities through effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

CMHA Newfoundland and Labrador

A provincial division of the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health. Our mission is to facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Thank you to our Conference Financial Partners:

Newfoundland Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Health and Community Services

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mental Health Commission of Canada


Newfoundland and Labrador Association
of Public and Private Employees

Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland - 115 Cavendish, St. John's

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the territory in which the conference is being held, as the ancestral unceded homelands of the Beothuk and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral unceded homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk.

Delegate Fees:

Registration fees are non-refundable but are transferable.

   Until September 15th As of September 16th 
 Participant - Pre-conference + Conference + Gala

 $525  $570
 Conference and Gala

 $445  $490
 Pre-conference and Conference



 Conference only

 $350  $395
 Student or Volunteer - Conference only



 Pre-conference only

 $100  $100
 Gala only

 $95  $95
 Participant - Single Day - November 1st  $199  $199
 Participant - Single Day - November 2nd  $199  $199

Student pricing available with proof of student status (ex: ID card) or proof of sponsorship from an organisation (ex: letter indicating lived experience of participant).


Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
PO Box 53082
RPO Rideau Centre
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1C5

Phone: (613) 702-4446
Fax: (613) 209-4932

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