Suicide Awareness Conference of Simcoe Muskoka marks 25 year milestone
Suicide Awareness Conference of Simcoe Muskoka marks 25 year milestone
Posted on 04/09/2018
Suicide Awareness Conference of Simcoe Muskoka marks 25 year milestone

Each year, about 4000 Canadians die by suicide. It’s
a complicated issue and there are many different situations and experiences that can lead someone to consider suicide. But it is preventable and we need to talk about it. 
John Rice 
John Rice, an Ojibwa/Anishinabeninni
and 3rd Degree member of the
Three Fires Midewiwin Society from
Wasauksing First Nation near Parry Sound,
will present two workshops at
the conference

The Annual Suicide Awareness Conference of Simcoe Muskoka aims to do just that. Marking a major milestone with its 25th year, this educational conference is for mental health professionals, consumers, family members, police, teachers, emergency service workers and anyone else interested in suicide prevention.

“While we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 25 years,” says organizing committee Chair Aleta Armstrong. “The reality is approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today in Canada. Awareness is essential to changing this behavior and this conference is trying to do that in our local communities.”

Dr. John Maher, this year’s keynote speaker, will be speaking about Borderline Personality Disorder, a serious and often poorly understood mental illness with high rates of self-harm and suicide. 

The conference also features eight workshops to choose from including Hazards of helping: preventing burnout and sustaining compassion, A healing circle, Mindfulness-based interventions: a field guide to resources for healing and self-care, and Write through the pain: using therapeutic writing techniques, among others.

The day will conclude with a group from Parry Sound High School talking about their award-winning book, Building Our Bridge: Our Journey to Reconciliation, a children’s story about how over the last 20 years, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students have created positive connections with each other after a contentious beginning. 

For $75 you get the conference, lunch and information booths from local agencies. Register today before it’s sold out. Visit for registration information.