W2A Vancouver: Embrace Life – Wisdom2Action

W2A Vancouver: Embrace Life

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W2A: Embrace Life

Youth Led Suicide Prevention Initiatives

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street

February 21st - 22nd, 2018
Embrace Life Council
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Canadian Red Cross


Suicide remains a leading cause of death for young people in Canada, accounting for 24 percent of all deaths among young people. Some young people are more vulnerable, especially those living in communities with higher than average suicide rates.

Across Canada, communities, organizations and health care professionals are addressing this issue through programs, services and research. Youth also play an important role in suicide prevention in Canada. Youth know the pathways to wellness and life enhancement. They lead programs in their communities that support other young people. They provide important peer support, formal and informal. They are advocates for themselves and their community.

Please read the draft report, Youth-Led Suicide Prevention Strategies

READ THE EVENT PROCESS EVALUATION, W2A Embrace Life-Process Evaluation

About The Event

The Wisdom2Action Vancouver event will bring together community service providers, researchers, educators, policy makers, youth and others who are involved in suicide prevention and support initiatives. Emphasis will be on hearing the perspectives of youth-led initiatives and adult-youth co-created programs. The event will provide an opportunity to share promising practices to improve services to those affected by suicide. Participants will have the opportunity to meet others doing similar work and develop networks to share best and promising innovations.

In partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Wisdom2Action is collaborating with Embrace Life Council in Nunavut, the Youth Mental Health Association (YMHA) in British Columbia, and the Canadian Red Cross to host W2A Vancouver: Embrace Life.

Like all our initiatives, W2A Vancouver is being organized in partnership with our Hub partners: Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut; the Centre de liaison sur l’intervention et la prévention psychosociales in Montreal, Quebec; and, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health in Ottawa, Ontario. Each of our Hub partners brings tremendous regional capacity and expertise to help local organizations share and adopt evidence-informed practices.

Participants Will

  • Learn about promising practices from across the region.
  • Problem solve collectively on challenges facing their work.
  • Form action plans to address these challenges.
  • Create ongoing networks with others from across the sector and across the region and country.


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Accommodations are available at the Atrium Inn

Getting Around

Once you arrive at the Vancouver Int'l airport (YVR) you can catch the TransLink Canada Line directly from the airport, which will go as far as Hastings Street (the street where the hotel and event venue is). From there get on Bus number 095, which will drop you off directly in front of the Atrium Inn. The fare for the Canada Line is $5 and the fare for the bus is $2.85.

Customers can travel across all zones for the price of a 1-Zone Fare on weekdays after 6:30 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Click here, for more information on getting around Vancouver!

About the Wisdom2Action Event Series

The Wisdom2Action event series was launched by Wisdom2Action (W2A) in December 2013.

The W2A model operates off of the principle that everyone in the room has important knowledge to share. We depart from traditional conference style formats, and have instead created a highly participatory design that allows all participants the opportunity to present their ideas or programs, direct the agenda for the day, and host conversations that are meaningful to them. Learn more about what you can expect at these events by downloading the W2A Brochure below.

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