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August 24, 2023

Events in support of Suicide Awareness Month

Webinar: Suicide prevention in public safety personnel in Canada: What would that look like and who should be involved?

Date and time: Wednesday, September 6, 11:00 am CST

The suicide prevention committee of CIPSRT funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research us currently developing a suicide prevention strategy for public safety personnel in Canada. This presentation will describe the plan for how we intend to do this. The presentation will also ask who needs to be involved and what are the important considerations we haven’t thought about yet.


Dr. Simon Hatcher
Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Dr. Simon Hatcher is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa, Canada. He trained in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry in the UK and ran a Consultation-Liaison service in New Zealand for 20 years. His main research interests include suicide, self-harm, psychotherapies, clinical trials, first responder’s mental health, trauma informed care in the homeless and e-therapies. He has been the principal investigator in several large trials of non-pharmacological interventions in people who present to hospital with intentional self-harm. The OHRI research lab he heads Hatching Ideas Hub focuses on clinical trials in underserved populations such as suicidal men, the homeless and first responders. Clinically he works in the downtown homeless shelters in Ottawa and the Liaison Psychiatry service at The Ottawa General Hospital. He is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

This webinar will be presented in English with the option of French subtitles.



PSP Connect

PSP Connect is a network of frontline public safety personnel (PSP) forming a community of practice across Canada to share and learn about mental health initiatives, including the work undertaken by CIPSRT.

The next quarterly meeting will be held on September 19th at 11:00 a.m. CST, and will focus on the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline that will be available to Canadians starting November 30th, 2023.

If you would like to register for the next PSP Connect meeting, please email CIPSRT Administration.

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