Suicide and the Working Environment

Posted on September 13th, 2016

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, Dr. Kathleen Stephany from Douglas College presented Suicide and the Working Environment on September 9, 2016.  Suicide is not a topic that we gravitate towards because it is sad and even scary. But all of us need to learn how to increase our comfort level in talking about suicide if we want to help prevent it. This dynamic session provides individuals and organizations with practical information and insights on how to help someone who is suicidal.

About the Presenter: 

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Kathleen Stephany is a full-time faculty member and motivational speaker at Douglas College. An educator in the BSc Nursing program, she teaches courses in nursing ethics and leadership, mental health and addictions. Her greatest accomplishment has been the momentum she has gained in her suicide prevention work.  She has also published self-help books and textbooks on Nursing Ethics and Empathy. 

In addition to being employed as a nurse educator, Dr. Stephany also has a consultant business where she does motivational and inspirational speaking, and workshops on topics such as leadership, empowerment, ethics, communications and suicide prevention. She chose this career because she wanted to merge her professional interests, taking her skills and knowledge as a Registered Nurse and bringing them together with her psychology experience through the form of teaching.

Dr. Stephany received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Breyer State University, a Master and Bachelor in psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. She wants to leave a legacy of doing her best to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Her greatest strength is her capacity to care for other people and to empower them to be the best they can be.


Background Information:

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA BC) is hosting a series of free webinars that cover a range of workplace mental health strategies, and provide participants with practical advice, skills and tools that can be used to support positive change in a working environment. View additional webinars hosted by CMHA BC here.


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