Together We Give Hope

World Suicide Prevention Day Programming

Posted by & filed under News.

One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.

This year, the Crisis Cente of BC is offering a free webinar and a safeTALK training session.

Creating Hope Through Action: Free Webinar

Friday September 10, 2021 from noon to 12:45pm

Facilitated by Lu Ripley and Jessica Wolf 

Join us for our World Suicide Prevention Day event to inspire hope and light during these challenging times. This session will motivate us to consider practical actions that are life-promoting and supportive for us all. 

This 45-minute (free) webinar will include:

  • Ideas as to how to transform crisis into action.
  • Life’s Five Givens ( based on the book by David Richo The Five Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Get by Embracing Them).
  • Actions and practical tools to incorporate into everyday life.
  • Self compassion practice.
  • Information on the Crisis Centre’s services, including our online 6-week course, Tools for Managing Stress and Burnout.

Who is it for?

This free webinar is well suited for anybody who wants to invest in their well-being, and learn about skills and training opportunities to support this. Ages 16+ welcome.

Can’t attend live?

We understand that life is busy and sometimes unpredictable. If you can’t attend the live webinar, no worries. You’re welcome to register and do the session by recording. All registrants will be emailed a link following the session to stream the webinar recording for a limited time.


This session is facilitated by Jessica Wolf Ortiz and Lu Ripley.  Jessica is the current Bereavement Coordinator at the Crisis Centre of BC, registered Clinical Counsellor and author of Overcoming Suicide Grief. The stories of those who stay.  Lu Ripley is the Director of Community Learning and Engagement program at the Crisis Centre who brings a life promotion, whole community perspective to suicide prevention.

The Crisis Centre of BC is a non-profit charitable organization in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. To make a donation for this free session, visit



Thursday, September 9th from 9:30am to 1pm

People thinking about suicide don’t want to die, they are looking for a way to manage the emotional pain. safeTALK is half-day workshop that teaches “connector skills”, including recognizing signs, engaging a person with thoughts of suicide, and connecting them to an intervention resource for safety and further support. safeTALK is an internationally recognized LivingWorks program that features powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice.  

safeTALK participants report increased comfort with the topic of suicide and increased preparedness to ask about suicide and help the person with thoughts get connected to resources to help build safety. 99.9% of safeTALK participants highly recommend this training.

safeTALK trained staff improve an agency’s capacity to respond to suicide effectively. By attending safeTALK, participants will attain a certificate of completion from an internationally recognized evidence-based program. safeTALK is evidence-based with over 15 peer-reviewed reports and government studies, which found it:

  • Improves skills and readiness
  • Effective for participants as young as 15 years old
  • Helps break down suicide stigma in the community
  • Better skill retention compared to other connector programs