Press Release

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council & Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)      

October 13, 2015

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) welcomes the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) to the Region!

On Thursday October 15 from 4:30 – 6:00, the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council in partnership with Lutherwood,  are hosting an open house to officially welcome the national office to Waterloo Region which moved here the end of June. Attendees include the Mental Health Commission of Canada, members from our local LHIN, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Chief Larkin, MPP’s Kathryn McGarry and Catherine Fife and many mental health agencies, volunteers and supporters of suicide prevention efforts.  Welcoming speeches will commence at 5:00.

For 30 years CASP has been dedicated to reducing suicide rates and the devastating impact on society by supporting Canadians with important information about suicide prevention, intervention and postvention – hope, health and healing. CASP also developed the CASP BluePrint for the Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy, created a stronger digital presence and many resource materials and are working on implementing a national suicide crisis line network. CASP will continue to lobby the Canadian government to initiate the implementation of the strategy with cooperation across all levels of government with Tana Nash at the helm as the Executive Director.  Tana will continue to devote time to Waterloo Region in addition to her new role with CASP, and WRSPC has generously offered to host CASP’s headquarters within their facility at Lutherwood.

“As Chair of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council we are thrilled to collaborate with CASP. This community has been on a journey of hope and healing with many important steps along the way. This partnership is the next step to making our community at large suicide safer.” Kim Hewitt, WRSPC Chair

“Tana has a proven track record in successful advocacy at all levels of government. In addition, she is already actively involved with the Mental Health Commission, the Public Health Agency, and the National Collaborative for Suicide Prevention. All of us at CASP are excited to work with Tana and are appreciative of her significant expertise and energy.”
Renée Ouimet, CASP President


CASP Annual General Meeting – 3:30 – 4:30

Open House 4:30 – 6:00

Lutherwood, 285 Benjamin Road Waterloo ON N2J 3Z4


For more information please contact:

Tana Nash, CASP Executive Director at [email protected] or by phone at 519-884-1470 ext. 2143

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