SUPER-KT: Suicide Prevention Education and  Research - Knowledge Translation Series

SUPER-KT is an online Knowledge Translation series that takes place over Zoom on a monthly to bi-weekly basis.  These sessions are available, free of charge, to those interested in joining a safe, respectful, and informative “community of discourse” on suicide and its prevention.  Presenters and participants can include clinicians, healthcare, and community and social service providers, together with researchers, scholars, and other academics, students and trainees, healthcare administrators, policymakers and policy experts, people with lived experience, and other interested community members.

As these sessions focus on suicide and its prevention, a sensitive topic, please use your best judgement in choosing to join it and in monitoring and attending to your emotional experience. If you find the subject matter distressing, please feel free to turn-down the sound, send a message to the moderator, or leave the session.
Due to the sensitive topic matter of this series, you might find contacting some of the following helpful if you are experiencing emotional difficulties: 
  1. A supportive family member or friend
  2. A member of the clergy (Rabbi, Priest, Nun, Minister, Pastor, Imam, etc.)
  3. Your family doctor or other healthcare provider
  4. Community Social Workers (in your neighbourhood hospital, clinic, or community centre)
  5. Psychiatrists or Psychologists (in your neighbourhood hospital, clinic, or in private practices)
  6. In the event of an emergency or crisis: Phone 911

Additional Resources:
• Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 833-456-4566 or text to 45645
• Canadian Mental Health Association: 1-800-875-6213 (toll-free in Ontario)
• USA National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

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Join us Friday, February 18th 2022
12 - 1 pm

Unassisted and Assisted Suicide Among Women and Men: Patterns and Implications

Speakers: Drs. Silvia Sara Canetto and John L. McIntosh

Silvia Sara Canetto is a Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University, USA where she holds appointments in the Psychology and Human-Development-and-Family-Studies Departments, and in the Women's Studies and Interdisciplinary International Studies Programs. She was born and raised in Italy; and educated, first, in Italy and then in Israel and the United States. She has graduate degrees from the University of Padova, Italy; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, USA. She is author of over 200 publications, mostly on gender, culture and suicidal behavior. Her article entitled “The gender paradox in suicide” (co-authored with Sakinofsky) is the third most-cited article in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. She received the American Association of Suicidology’s Shneidman and Dublin Awards, and is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America. 


John L. McIntosh, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Indiana University South Bend was the 2018 recipient of the Louis I. Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). The Dublin Award is a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service and contributions to the field of suicide prevention as evidenced by leadership, devotion, and creativity. Previously, AAS had recognized McIntosh with the 1990 Edwin S. Shneidman Award, awarded to a person below the age of 40 for scholarly contributions in research to the field of suicidology, and the 1999 Roger Tierney Award for Service. In addition, McIntosh was the 2011 recipient of the Charles T. Rubey LOSS Award that recognizes extraordinary impact on the lives of survivors of suicide loss. The Rubey Award is given by the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. McIntosh has published 8 books on suicide as well as numerous book chapters and professional journal articles. He has made over 150 professional presentations and many keynote addresses at professional conferences. He is a Past-President of AAS and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors.


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Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the differences between the demographic profile of individuals who die by suicide and the profile of persons who die via Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act (DWDA);
  2. Discuss the top reasons reported by physicians for approving Oregon women’s and men’s petition for a DWDA death, and also that pain is not the driver of requests for DWDA approved by Oregon’s physicians;
  3. Critically examine the factors that may contribute to white women's strong representation among the deceased via the DWDA, despite their being a minority among those who died by suicide.

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The Continuing Professional Development Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as definedby the maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating In the educationalprogram.

This program has no commercial support.