Joy Pavelich joins us to share her moving story about losing her son Eric to suicide in 2013. Hear how she transferred her experience to supporting mental health awareness, advocacy and action.
Joy is the Community Engagement Team Leader at Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region. She has recently been appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults.
Attend this speaker series event to learn more about suicide awareness and ending the stigma around mental illness. Students and employees are all welcome.
Choosing to live : stories of those who stepped away from suicide (Ebook)
Williams, C. (2017). Choosing to live : stories of those who stepped away from suicide. Springfield, Illinois : Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Ltd., .
Explaining suicide : patterns, motivations, and what notes reveal (Ebook)
Meyer, C. (2017). Explaining suicide : patterns, motivations, and what notes reveal. London, [England] : Academic Press, 2017.
Our Brother James (Videorecording)
Douglas-Henry, J. (2016). Our Brother James. [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
A lifelong communicator, working across a spectrum from government, to corporate to non-profit, Joy also holds a Master of Arts degree in professional Communications. Her research was in trauma and narratives and the importance of sharing stories to move past the damaging impact of trauma. When she lost her 20 year old son Eric Schmit to suicide in August, 2013, Joy transferred her skills into supporting mental health awareness, advocacy and action.
She is the Community Engagement team leader at Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region where she oversees the Communications, Fund Development and Youth Engagement portfolios.
Joy has recently authored a book, "Chasing My Son Across Heaven," which chronicles her and Eric's journey through his mental health struggles and ultimately his death, and the aftermath of which parallels her own research in trauma narratives - the sense-making and rebuilding process.
Find Joy's posts at the CMHA website.