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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.

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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:

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Introducing Ellis Katsof, Executive Director of Eli’s Place

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.

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This is a guest blog from Annette Smith, who is a volunteer on the Communications Committee at Eli’s Place 

On January 31st, the Canadian Communications Giant Bell Media took the Twitter airwaves by storm with its now extremely popular annual #BellLetsTalk day – a hashtag campaign designed to end the stigma around mental health issues by encouraging conversation while raising awareness and funds for mental health care initiatives. Yesterday’s campaign blew past all previous records, clocking in at a whopping 133 million interactions, which translates to over six million dollars in donations from Bell.

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This is a guest blog from David L. Cooper, Co-founder of Eli’s Place, Volunteer Grief Counsellor at Toronto Distress Centre


As the co-founder of Eli’s Place and a Volunteer Grief Counsellor at the Toronto Distress Centre, I am very sensitive to the language shift that has occurred in recent years surrounding suicide in mental health circles. I attended a talk recently where the speaker used the phrase ‘committed suicide’ in reference to a celebrity death and was reminded that, while those directly involved in the world of mental health have left that phrase behind, many in the general population have not.

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