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Interlake Inter-Agency Suicide Prevention Committee

Vision

We see healthy communities with the responsibility for and capacity to provide a continuum of knowledge, skills and abilities to prevent suicide within the Interlake Region.

Mission

Our mission is to collaborate with one another and advocate for the establishment of a seamless continuum of services addressing suicide. We will support the continuum by facilitating the education and skill development of community members and service providers. We will seek to fulfill our mission in a manner which supports open dialogue and visible accountability to the target population, each other, and the Interlake community

Membership Includes:

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Brokenhead First Nation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Evergreen School Division, Child & Family Services, IRHA Community Wellness Program, IRHA Mental Health Program, Mood Disorders Association of MB, Nova House, RCMP, Selkirk Friendship Centre, Selkirk Team for at Risk Teens, Youth for Christ.

Committee Structure

Membership:

Open Membership to include agencies, organizations, faith-based organizations and people affected by suicide

Meetings:

Quarterly

Subcommittees:

As shall be established

Chair:

Elected by committee annually

Co-Chair:

Elected by committee annually

Quorum:

Fifty percent plus one membership

Admin.

Services: Voluntary by secretary

Agendas:

To be provided one week prior to scheduled meeting

Ongoings & Events

Large on Life: Youth Forum

Hosted in Stonewall on March 3rd, 2010 the IIASPC invited students throughout the Interlake ranging from grades 7 – 9 to participate in a day full of large and small group discussions along with games and workshops to focus on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention. In the end, 35 students attended this forum with representatives from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, East Selkirk, Lockport, St. Andrews, Selkirk, Gimli, Teulon, Lundar and Jackhead First Nation. A report has been compiled from the responses provided by particpants and distributed among members of the IIASPC. This report will assist in the direction the committee will assume as it approaches suicide prevention in youth. Special thanks to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People for putting on workshops in the afternoon for all participants.

CASP National Conference 2009

“Building hope out of turmoil and tragedy.” This conference hosted representatives from across Canada on October 20-22 / 2010. Some members from the IIASPC were fortunate enough to be among the many that made the trip. Over the course of the conference the latest information relating to Suicide Prevention in Canada was discussed including an in-depth orientation of the CASP blue print and a look into Canada’s developing National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Profound speakers took to the podium during the conference including Dr. David Butler-Jones Canada’s current Chief Public Health Officer as well as former National Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine. Through the knowledge collected during this conference members brought back a broadened understanding of Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Canada. Next year’s conference is to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Marked annually on September 10th, each year a theme is determined by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. This year’s 2010 theme for world suicide prevention day is, “Many Faces, Many Places: Suicide Prevention Across the World.” The Interlake will be arranging events to commemorate this day including a free SAFETALK workshop to anyone wishing to recieve this training, a candlelight vigil and quilt signing. This website will be updated with further details as the day appoaches.

PATH

In the recent meeting of IIASPC members a PATH session was held to assist in developing attainable goals and action plans for the future of the IIASPC. Those in attendance found this session to be exceptionally rewarding and has provided a positive direction for hopeful outcomes.

Resources

Whether you are a service provider or any person looking for resource information relating to suicide and suicide prevention the IIASPC is committed to establishing a resource base to include adequate information on the subject. If you are having any trouble with gathering resources, please contact a member association of the IIASPC to be directed to the most appropriate services.

For helpful weblinks please select any of the following:

Centre for Suicide Prevention
www.suicideinfo.ca

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
www.casp-acps.ca

For Suicide Survivors
www.forsuicidesurvivors.com

**This resource base is currently being developed**