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Youth Suicide in our Community – Panel Discussion


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Everyone is welcome to attend our upcoming community conversation about youth suicide, an issue close to our hearts. As a YWCA board and staff, we felt a sense of urgency to talk about the issue of suicide among our young people. This has touched many lives in some way.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 3:30 registration, 3:45-4:30 guest speakers

The YWCA Annual General Meeting, refreshments and social time will follow, with everyone welcome.

Location: YWCA Saskatoon, 510-25th Street East.

Meet our guest panel:

Kyle Schwartz – Saskatoon Health Region Mental Health and Addictions Services

Kyle Schwartz has worked with youth and families at Mental Health and Addictions Services with Saskatoon Health Region for 7 years. Kyle has a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Dalhousie where he specialized in youth and family therapy.  Kyle is passionate about meeting youth needs by implementing a broad range of approaches including family therapy.  Kyle has worked in both acute and community care throughout his career. Kyle has a passion for working with youth and communities in suicide intervention and training.  Recently Kyle developed a training video to assist mental health practitioners to improve their skills to connect with youth and address suicide ideation as well as safety planning. Kyle’s interest in first episode psychosis has led him to work with parents and caregivers of young people who struggle with psychotic illnesses.

Rita Field – Crisis Intervention Service

Rita Field is the Executive Director of the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has extensive knowledge, experience and training in the fields of crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community mental health and child protection. Recently Rita helped develop the framework to launch the Canada Suicide Prevention Service that will provide access by phone, chat and SMS to every citizen in Canada.

Chandra Decae – Family Service Saskatoon (pronounced with a hard CH like “cheese”, last name “decay”)

Chandra Decae has worked with youth and young adults for 2 years. She is currently working as a Youth Exposed to Violence Coordinator with Family Service Saskatoon. She works with youth through both one-on-one counselling and group counselling. She also provides presentations to the community on healthy relationships and other issues pertinent to youth such as anxiety, cyberbullying, and internet safety. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Education, School and Counselling Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys working with youth and I am passionate about helping youth become the best version of themselves through discovering their strengths and becoming resilient.

Dawn Kellington – Catholic Family Service

Dawn Kellington has a Bachelor of Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.  She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Culture.  She is the Survivor 101 Program Coordinator at CFS Saskatoon.  Survivor 101 is a program offered in multiple high schools that covers a wide variety of topics including: anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, relationships and more. Dawn has also worked as an elementary school counsellor. She believes strongly in the value of fostering creativity and self- guided learning in those she works with.  She is passionate about working with children & youth and supporting them as they learn and grow.

Moderator – Tammy Richmond, YWCA Board of Directors

We hope you will join us for this important conversation tomorrow!

Need help? Please call the 24-hour crisis line at (306) 933-6200, Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service.