Creating a Suicide Safer Community in Ottawa

About us

In 2010, a group called the Community Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN) came together to minimize the harmful consequences of suicide for children, youth, young adults and the caregivers that support them.

The CSPN was built on the success of various similar initiatives in Ottawa over the years. One example was an initiative in West Carleton in 1995-1997 that brought cross-sectoral organizations together to respond to a suicide cluster among youth. Another is the current Suicide Prevention Coalition that brings multiple organizations together to deliver suicide prevention activities such as a post-suicide support team, ASIST/safeTALK training, and various awareness raising activities.

The CSPN is made up of cross-sectoral organizations, including hospitals, child/youth and adult mental health organizations, police services, child welfare, school boards, post-secondary institutions, as well as addictions and youth justice services. The Network includes all levels of government, funding bodies, community and religious groups, researchers, and members of the media.

Over the years, the CSPN has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the City of Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health), as well as the foundations from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, The Royal Ottawa Health Group, and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. Bell Let’s Talk and United Way have also funded projects within the CSPN.

Annual Reports

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History of the Network

The Suicide Prevention Network first came together in 2010, and then had a public launch through a Summit in February 2012 where we released the “Know What To Do” guide. Aimed at youth and family members, the guide outlines what signs to watch for, what to say and do, and where to get help in the Ottawa region. Click on the link below to see the guide.


The ‘Know What to Do’ guide is free and available by calling the Ottawa Public Health information line at 613-580-6744 ext 15414.

Summit 2012 recommendations and works in progress:

For more information, contact Andrea Poncia, the Network’s coordinator, at