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Three key priorities the WRSPC is working on

At the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Strategy meeting on November 24, 2016, the following three key priorities were determined.  These three priorities have working committees attached and will guide our work during 2017 and 2018.

Priority One – Stress and Resilience Strategies


The purpose of this committee is to assemble and make available through our website resource materials assuring availability and resources that are user friendly.

Committee Members

Community – Mark Beadle

Waterloo Fire Rescue – Ryan Shubert

School Age- Waterloo Region District School Board – Barb Ward

Parents, Bereaved Families – Skills for Safer Living – Colleen Pacey

Seniors- Community Support Connections- Linda Flemming

Thresholds Homes and Supports– Rob Martin

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Jenna Peacock

Stress & Resiliency RFP

Download the RFP Document > 

Terms of Reference (hyperlink – to come)


Priority Two – Research


Looking at current research to differentiate between who is dying by suicide and who is attempting suicide within our region and looking for trends that can guide us in our preventative work.

Committee Members

Peer Groups – Colleen Pacey

Youth – Bianca Prince, Sandra Ayerst

Faith community – Bev Voisin

Adult Supports – Melissa Strachan

Hospital – Susan Markides

Waterloo Region Public Health – Jessica Demming

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Tana Nash


Terms of Reference (hyperlink – to come)


Priority 3 – Hospital Care Resource

Committee Members

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council [Co-chair] – Elisa Brewer-Singh

Grand River Hospital – Catrina Clark

Cambridge Memorial Hospital – Susan Markides

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington [Co-chair] – Kim Hewitt

Suicide Action Wilmot Wellesley – Laura McShane

Community – Debbie Emery

Community – Rondi McFarlane

Community – Adrienne Luft


The purpose of this priority committee is to research and develop a hospital care resource for those who come to the Emergency Rooms with suicidal ideation/behaviour at Grand River and Cambridge Memorial hospitals but are not admitted. The key goals include: conducting an evidence-based understanding of what people and their support circle need in keeping safe from suicide (defined in time) following presentation of suicidal thoughts at the hospital emergency room and to equip people with informed, evidence-based, sustainable package/supports to keep them safe.

Terms of Reference

Priority #3 Terms of Reference

Request for Proposal

Priority #3 Request for Proposal

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