Media Advisory: Suicide awareness and prevention

May. 23, 2018

What to say to those who may be at risk

London, Ontario - On any given day in Canada, 210 people will make a suicide attempt and 11 people will end their life. On May 24, St. Joseph’s Health Care London will host the third of six free community health discussions in the DocTalks lecture series when psychiatrist, Dr. Sandra Northcott will share how to recognize the warning signs of suicide ideation and how to talk to those who may be at risk. She will also discuss how St. Joseph’s is implementing the ‘Zero Suicide Initiative’ - a first within the Canadian medical system.

Dr. Northcott is the interim chief of mental health care at St. Joseph’s and an associate professor of psychiatry at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Previously, she worked as a consultant psychiatrist with London Health Sciences’ Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP).

The DocTalks lecture series features leading physicians and researchers at St. Joseph’s. Throughout the year, the public is invited to learn how St. Joseph’s is tackling the pressing health issues of our time from the experts themselves, and why it matters to you and your family. View the DocTalks line-up.

Members of the media are invited to attend Dr. Northcott’s presentation with the opportunity for a short interview:

What: DocTalks lecture with Dr. Sandra Northcott – Suicide Awareness and Prevention: what to say to those who may be at risk
When: Thurs., May 24, 2018
Where: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Shuttleworth Auditorium
What time: Interview opportunity with Dr. Northcott at 6:45 pm. Lecture begins at 7 pm.

For more information:

Renée Sweeney
Communication Consultant
St. Joseph's Health Care London
Office: 519 646-6100 ext. 47788

Back to Newsroom