September 8, 2017
8:00 am to 11:00 am
R.A. Centre, Clark Hall
2451 Riverside Drive O
Increasing public knowledge and interest is transforming the way society thinks and talks about mental health. This presents a unique opportunity to shape the way that people understand suicide. However, media portrayals such as 13 Reasons Why show that we still have a long way to go in getting the message right. This presentation will describe our most up-to-date understanding of both the benefits and pitfalls of media-related suicide prevention efforts. It will outline a path towards safer and more accurate public discourse that emphasizes hope and resilience.
Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Sinyor , Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
His clinical focus is on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and is the founder of PROGRESS (the Program of Research and Education to Stop Suicide) at Sunnybrook. His main research focus is on suicide prevention and mental health literacy. His research has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, the CBC, CTV and Global News. He has received grants from several non-profit foundations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the University of Toronto Excellence fund. He has a specific interest in interfacing with the media on mental health literacy and suicide prevention and organized Canada’s first media forum on suicide prevention in 2015. He is the lead author on forthcoming updated Canadian Psychiatric Association guidelines on reporting suicide in the media. He has won numerous research and teaching awards including the prestigious 2017 Canadian Psychiatric Association Early Career Achievement in Psychiatry Award.
Community funding for the City of Ottawa
The agenda is as follows:
8:00 -8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 -9:30 Update on Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition activities
9:30 -11:00 presentation
11:00- 11:30 Question period
A continental breakfast will be served.
Free parking on the premises.