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


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

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!

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

Where did the Josh Platzer Society Present in 2007/2008

A lot. Jude has also taken her highly interactive presentations of Teen Suicide and Prevention to the following schools and sometimes more than once:

  • David Thompson Secondary
  • Kitsilano Secondary
  • Churchhill Secondary
  • East Side Elementary
  • University Hill Secondary
  • West Vancouver Secondary
  • Sentinel Secondary
  • McRoberts Secondary
  • North Delta Alternate
  • Riverside Secondary

Jude has also visited the following colleges:

  • Langara College
  • Vancouver Community College — King Edward Campus
  • Vancouver Community College — Pender Campus
  • Kwantlen College

And spoke to the following Parent Associations, Counsellors, and Conferences:

  • Touchstone Family Association
  • Surrey School Counsellors
  • BC Counsellors Conference
  • HSBC Annual Youth Basketball Tournament information table UBC
  • Kerrisdale Elementary School
  • Lord Byng Secondary
  • Point Grey Secondary

She also spoke at the Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds and the Dunbar Community Centre and took part in a Professional Day Workshop at Kitsilano High.

The JPS had exhibitor tables at:

  • Institute for Safe Schools
  • Annual inservice for Vancouver Youth Workers through Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Coastal Heatlh Mental Health Week
  • Vancouver Suicide Survivors Public Forum
  • Granville Island Public Market