The organizing committee for the one day conference

Art-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

presented in conjunction with the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital, welcomes your abstract  for this event.

This event on September 12, 2017 at the Li Ka Shing 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 invitation 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.

Overview of the program:

  • September 11, 2017- A fundraising dinner at the Jazz Bistro featuring Shelly Marshall’s abridged production of: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”.
  • September 12, 2017-day program: panel, symposia and workshop presentations.
  • September 12, 2017-evening fundraising program: an exclusive screening of “The S Word” followed by a panel presentation.

Abstracts are welcome for the following presentations:

Symposium: There is an opportunity for two symposia to be held after lunch on Tuesday, September 12. Each symposium will be 1 hr. 45 min in length. Preference will be given to symposium submissions based on arts-based content that reflects current intervention research for those individuals or communities affected by suicide. The presentation team will include researchers, front line workers and people who identify as having lived experience.

Workshops: There is an opportunity for six 1-hour workshops. We encourage interactive, activity-based workshops that are based on educational content accessible for participants to bring back to their communities to assist in the healing journey for those affected by suicide.

Open-MicThere is an opportunity for five 5-minute presentations to showcase the work you have done or ideas you would like people to collaborate with you in doing or want to do.

Submissions can be made at: :

Please note that accepted presenters will be expected to register and pay the conference fee.

Abstract submissions will be accepted until July 14.


  • Monday evening gala dinner and performance.           $125
  • Tuesday conference and evening screening of “The S Word”          $165.00
  • Tuesday conference only      $150   Students: $50 with proof of enrollment- student card/letter from supervisor
  • Tuesday evening screening only     $20

Registration for Arts-based suicide prevention, intervention, postvention: What do we know. Where do we go? will be open in July.

For more information please contact:

Yvonne Bergmans – [email protected]or Julie K Campbell – [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto September 11 and 12!

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