**The Josh Platzer Society is now accepting bookings for the 2014/2015 school year. Please contact us at contact@teensuicideprevention.org for more information on booking your workshop today.

The Josh Platzer Society has been running suicide prevention and awareness workshops for local youth since our society’s creation in 2001. We most commonly run our workshops at high schools in the Vancouver area, but also speak at a variety of community events throughout the Lower Mainland and British Columbia.

Our workshops involve a combination of speaking, multimedia (videos), and exercises. Our typical workshop is approximately one hour in length. The goal is to give the audience an understanding of the facts, causes, and very importantly, the warning signs of suicide and what to do when you detect them. The message of our workshops is that awareness and openness about suicide can prevent a tragedy. These workshops have been given at high schools, colleges, and to counsellor and parent groups. Our workshops can be scaled for groups of 5 to 500!

Our speakers will ensure that both elementary and secondary school staff have the tools to not only recognize the signs of depression or suicide, but also how to respond in time to students in distress.

In addition to workshops, we also provide purely speaking engagements.

Over the years we have been invited to speak at many locations. A few of these include:




Please reach out and contact us for more information, or if you are are interested in booking a workshop or speaking engagement! We look forward to speaking with you!



The Josh Platzer Society has a variety of speakers depending on the year and season. Please contact us for more information about available speakers. Our main speaker is the director and founder of the Josh Platzer Society, Jude Platzer


As a ‘survivor’ of her son’s untimely death, Jude Platzer tells the story of losing her beloved teenage son, Josh, his battle with depression, and his subsequent suicide.

She recounts the life changing effects that suicide brings not only to immediate family members but to all relationships in the surrounding community.Jude w Poster

Since his death, 10 years ago, she has made it her lifework to educate others on prevention and awareness of suicide with a particular focus on youth.

By openly speaking about her experience she helps to break down century’s old stigma and taboos about suicide thus bringing hope and healing to others who are living with depression as well as to those who have been bereaved by suicide.

The presentation features a docudrama interspersed with professional insights, through which families can learn to recognize the warning signs of a crisis, signs that may signal that someone is contemplating taking their life.

Her heart rending presentation is full of useful information and resources giving hope to those families living with suicidal loved ones and  those bereaved by suicide.

Jude has presented in many high schools and colleges in the Lower Mainland area and the Society has distributed 10,000 orange bracelets sporting a resource web site for youth and help line phone numbers. Jude also provides resources for those seeking help or information from local counselling organizations.

Jude is the director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.

She has been nominated for the Canadian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Promotion, the United Way W.J Van Dusen Community Service Award and is the recipient of a BC Community Achievement Award (2008).

She lives in Vancouver with her husband and 26 year old daughter.