Judy (Davies) North has been working in the realm of suicide and crisis intervention and postvention for 20 years.

She was initially introduced to crisis response in the 90's through her involvement with Foothills Regional Victim Services where she provided immediate emotional support, education and referrals to victims of crime and trauma. Her bereavement and crisis skills were honed through numerous responses to incidents of death, including suicide.

In 2000, after completing a Master's degree in Counselling and Psychology, she worked as a crisis counsellor with the Community Resource Team, Wood's Homes, Alberta. Though known for its work with parent-adolescent conflict 1/3 of the responses provided by this 24-hour telephone and mobile crisis team were related to depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviour and suicide.

From May 2007 to October 2010 Judy had the privilege of working as the Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health. During this time she carried a caseload of children and youth who struggled with suicide, and met with numerous others bereaved by suicide. She provided suicide intervention training for the Vancouver School Board counsellors and family / community support workers, Independent School counsellors, youth shelters, foster parents and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS). For two years she was seconded to provide suicide related services to the First Nation Communities within the Vancouver Coastal Ministry of Child & Family Development (MCFD) region through the Suicide Initiative Project, Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Program. She was honoured to support the development and provide training for the Nuxalk Volunteer Suicide Response Team, Bella Coola, BC.

Since October 2010 Judy's focus has been on providing suicide intervention and postvention training to numerous organizations and First Nation communities.

Judy is a Master Trainer with ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and has been training ASIST since 2004. She presented "Developing Community Based Volunteer Suicide Response Teams" at the 2012 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) Conference; was an oral and poster presenter at the 2011 CASP conference and presented "Working with Chronically Suicide Youth" in 2004. Judy participated in the 2003 Calgary Health Region development of "Hope & Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide" which has since been adopted by numerous provinces and adapted to their needs. Judy was an active member of the Advisory Committee for the Center for Suicide Prevention's 2007 revision of their one-day Youth Suicide Workshop. In 2010, six weeks after the earthquake in Haiti Judy had the privilege of providing Psychological First Aid Training to 500 Haitian's, and one-on-one crisis intervention counselling to numerous individuals who had lost everything and were living in one of the many Internally Displaced Person's (IDP) camps.

Judy has two wonderful adult children, of whom she is immensely proud, and who are the reasons she is alive. Judy has strong family ties in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland. Judy and her husband enjoy marriage and live in the Greater Toronto area.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer; 2004
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing; Basic & Advanced 2003
Master of Arts (Counselling and Psychology) - Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, MB, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies) - Winnipeg Bible College, Otterburne, MB, 1981

For further information please email Judy@EndSuicide.ca