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Supporting Families Bereaved By Suicide

The loss of a loved one can be a sad and difficult time for families, but when the death is a result of suicide it can have a profound and life altering impact on those left behind. The Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division is partnering with the Tri-Professional Development Committee of PEI to organize several events to help increase capacity within our province to support families bereaved by suicide.

The events featured Dr. John (Jack) Jordan, a licensed psychologist in private practice in New England, where he has specialized in bereavement and suicide loss for more than 30 years. Click here to view Dr. Jordan’s Biography.

Events planned included:

  • A Survivors of Suicide Luncheon and Workshop on September 21 from 11:30 – 4:30 pm. The workshop was open to Adult Survivors of Suicide (18 years and over) and pre-registration is required. This event was held at Murchison Centre (15 St. Pius X Ave.) in Charlottetown.
  • During the evening of September 21, Dr. Jordan was the guest speaker at CMHA’s Annual General Meeting, where he spoke on “How Communities can Support Families Bereaved by Suicide”. This community event was open to the public free of charge.
  • On September 22 – 23, 2011 the Tri-PD Committee hosted skills-based conference entitled, “Loss & Traumatic Loss: New Understandings, New Directions” with Dr. Jordan at the Dutch Inn in Charlottetown. During this 2-day training, Dr. Jordan provided an overview of the latest research, clinical models, and interventions for helping the bereaved.

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