If you tuned into CBC’s Here and Now and the CBC news on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2018, you may have heard and seen Eli’s Place co-founders David & Deborah Cooper discussing the loss of their son Eli – and their dream to fill the gap in Canada’s Mental Health Care system for young adults of his age group. This is the Coopers’ way of channeling grief into action.
World Suicide Prevention Day is on September 10th. It’s an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those with lived experience of suicide attempts or loss, and other interested groups and individuals – to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities. We at Eli’s Place feel strongly that the topic of suicide should be openly discussed, even though it may be uncomfortable.
September 9, 2018 / Eli's Place / Comments Off on Bridge Over the River Why: A Guide for those Who Have Suffered the Loss of a Child to Suicide
How do parents survive the suicide of a child? David and Deborah Cooper provide guidance and bereavement support to parents in Bridge Over the River Why. Their guide is a demonstration of resilience and a tangible offering of hope to those seeking a way forward after the unthinkable happens.
David and Deborah will appear on CBC’s Metro Morning and on the CBC 6:00pm TV news on Monday, September 10th to discuss Bridge Over the River Why and the importance of establishing Eli’s Place, which will bridge the gap in our mental health system for young adults, aged 19 to 35, with serious mental illness.
You can listen to a CBC radio clip from the interview now:
Eli’s Place Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Ellis Katsof as its first Executive Director. Ellis is a highly accomplished leader in the non-profit sector with over 40 years of experience. His last position, before taking a sabbatical from his social work career to write “Life 3.0: Protirement NOT Retirement”, was as CEO of Pathstone Mental Health and the Pathstone Foundation in Niagara.