Listen to Jude Platzer on Voice of America


Jude Platzer will be interviewed on the Internet Radio show Healing the Grieving Heart on Thursday, January 22nd at:

9:00 a.m. Pacific Time

10:00 a.m. Mountain Time

11:00 a.m. Central Time

12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Tune in and listen to Jude here.

This is an amazing opportunity for Jude to get our message out as this show is heard by 50 million people per year!


Riverside Students Rally for Suicide Prevention

On March 5th, 2009 Riverside Students visited with Jude Platzer to discuss Teen Suicide Prevention. A week before that a separate group of Riverside Teens found themselves on a similar fact-finding mission. The interest and the enthusisim these groups of kids demonstrated brought hope to all of us working to save lives. Thanks to all of you!
Students From Riverside School Visit the Josh Platzer Society

Students From Riverside School Visit the Josh Platzer Society

Today is Pink Shirt Day

If you see people going about their business in pink shirts today, take a moment to think about bullying and what you can to do help to prevent it. Bullying occurs in the workplace, in the schoolyard, online or within your group of friends. If you or someone you know is being bullied, don’t turn a blind eye. Do something about it — you just might end up saving a life.

Visit the official Pink Shirt Day website to find out about events going on to support Pink Shirt Day in your neighborhood.

There is clear correclation between bullying and suicide. Some kids resort to suicide because they are being bullied.  Often kids who are picked on are often more vulnerable to depression, so it can be life saving to be able to reconize the signs of depression and to know what to do to help children and young adults being victimized.

Boys are more often victims of physical bullying while girls tend to be ostrazied, teased and harrassed online, through text messaging or other forms of isolation. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, so don’t assume that boys will never feel the pain of a facebook attack or girls the pain of a physical attack.

Talk about bullying to your children — make sure it is not a taboo subject around your dinner table — give your kids the tools to deal with being bullied or with helping a freind in that situation.

And put on some pink!

The Language of Suicide

The Language of Suicide

Thank you to Chris LaForge, Gayle Vincent, and the other members of the suicide prevention team at Alberta Health Services/Alberta Mental Health Board, for the brochure: What’s in a Word. It can be found at their website, (in the upper lefthand side of the website homepage, type in What’s In a Word in the website search box and hit enter).

Gayle writes:

As we all know, World Suicide Prevention Day is fast approaching, and I am excited to learn of the growing numbers of events taking place across Canada on that day. We are all helping to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention, to have our individual and collective voices heard from coast to coast to coast. I feel honoured and humbled to be part of this effort.

In recent years, the suicide prevention team of Alberta Health Services/Alberta Mental Health Board has watched and listened very closely to the wisdom of survivors. One of the very important things we heard clearly from many survivors across Canada is the need to help change the language we use in writing and speaking about suicide.

To support the effort of many of you to change the language used to describe a suicide death, and to help affect that change here in Alberta, we developed a brochure called “WHAT’S IN A WORD? The Language of Suicide”.

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2007, this brochure was sent to communications departments in all health regions and all provincial government ministries in Alberta, to the Alberta Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee and to other contacts across the province. We have used it as a tool with evaluation teams and others in Alberta who are writing or speaking about suicide, to help them use the language that is most current, most clear, and hopefully most supportive to people who are grieving the suicide death of someone they care about.

The members of Alberta’s Suicide Prevention Team give you permission to share this Brochure with media, and other interested parties.

2008 BCSA Conference Details

The 2008 BCSCA Conference was called Putting the Pieces Together and was held October 22 – 24 at the Best Western in Richmond, BC.

Jude Platzer was one of the guest presenters.

As a parent who has lost a son to suicide, Jude’s presentation brings a personal and professional perspective to a taboo topic. She uses a docudrama and powerpoint presentation to provide information and resources about signs of suicide & intervention. She has been instrumental in promoting dialogue on this topic within the community.

The purpose is to educate British Columbia youth and the people around them about suicide prevention and promote dialogue on this much stigmatized topic in order to prevent unnecessary loss of young lives.

When: Thursday October 23, 10:50 am to 12:20 pm

BC Coroner’s Report on Child Death Released

The BC Child Death Review has confirmed that suicide remains the second leading cause of death in children ages 12 to 18. This shocking and sad statistic only serves to confirm what we at the JPS already know — teen suicide is devastating families and communities across British Columbia. Education is a powerful tool. Through education and awareness, we can make a difference and change this statistic. Please, suggest to your child’s school, your local community centre or any other organization you might be a member of to invite one of our speakers in to talk to your group.

In so many ways the system has failed these children. We are fighting to change this through education. We can provide you with the tools needed to save lives. Contact us today.

View the Child Death Review Reports and Information here.

Speaking Engagements: 2009

  • Rotary Women’s group-January: 19th Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  • Sentinel Secondary School: Vancouver, February 9th & 10th   (Sessions — 2 full days)
  • John Oliver Secondary School: Vancouver, Dates TBA, late February — 8 Sessions (Grades 8 & 10)
  • Kitsilano High School: Vancouver, Dates TBA, Vancouver, May 4 (Grade 10)
  • Riverside Secondary School: Port Coquitlam, May (Grade 10)
  • British Columbia Counsellor’s Association: October 21-23 Coast Plaza Hotel Vancouver