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.
Community – Mark Beadle (Co-Chair)
First Responders – Ryan Shubert
Children and Youth in Education – Barb Ward
Individuals, Bereaved Families – Colleen Pacey (Co-Chair)
Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities – Linda Flemming
Older Males and Community Mental Health– Rob Martin
Region of Waterloo Public Health – Stephanie Watson
Terms of Reference
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.
Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Amanda Demmer (co-chair)
Individuals, Bereaved Families – Colleen Pacey
Youth Mental Health – Bianca Prince (co-chair)
Youth in Catholic Education – Sandra Ayerst
Faith Based Community – Bev Voisin
Ethno Cultural Community and Community Mental Health – Melissa Strachan
Region of Waterloo Public Health – Jessica Demming
Terms of Reference
Priority 3 – Hospital Care Resource
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.
Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – Elisa Brewer-Singh (Co-Chair)
Hospital Service Providers – Debbie Callahan
Young Adult Mental Health – Kim Hewitt (Co-Chair)
Rural Communities – Laura McShane
Access – Debbie Emery
Lived Experience – Rondi McFarlane
Community – Adrienne Luft