‘In Dialogue’ Episode 19: How we talk about suicide matters

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In episode 19 of “In Dialogue,” CPSO Medical Advisor Dr. Vivian Sapirman speaks to Dr. Juveria Zaheer, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Gina Nicoll, a dual expertise researcher at CAMH, about demystifying suicide prevention and awareness, the benefits of safety planning over contracting for safety, and the important role language plays in treatment.

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Dr. Zaheer is a clinician scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, and education administrator in the Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department at CAMH. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zaheer is a nationally recognized expert in suicide risk assessment and prevention, focusing on developing and evaluating targeted suicide screening and prevention strategies. She also serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Ms. Nicoll is a writer, researcher and service user expert with lived experience. She is also a member of the National Advisory Committee, Canada Suicide Prevention Service. Ms. Nicoll provides teaching on compassionate suicide risk assessments for psychiatry residents alongside Dr. Zaheer at U of T and works as a community member advisor for Talk Suicide Canada.

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