Webinar: Creating Hope through Action

Webinar: Creating Hope through Action
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As part of the activities to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health will host a webinar titled "Creating Hope through Action", on Friday 10 September, 2021. The session, in Spanish and English, will take place from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. 

The webinar will invite professionals from across fields to provide updated information and evidence-based solutions on suicide, share experience, and advocate for suicide prevention to lowering countries’ premature mortality and promote mental health.


Webinar objectives


  1. To provide overview of the suicide prevention initiatives in the Region of the Americas.
  2. To highlight Trinidad and Tobago’s national experience in preventing suicide.
  3. To present the work of the United Nations Development Agency in investing in suicide prevention in the Region.
  4. To share the lived experience of a survivor of suicide.




  • National authorities from Ministries of Health, affiliates, and other Ministries
  • Health care providers and community workers
  • Project Collaborators


How to participate


  • DATE:  Friday, 10 September 2021
  • TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT) [check the time correspondence in your area at the bottom of the page]
  • REGISTER: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TZq5BhFhSVaSx3ThoAUCUg  
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar
  • LANGUAGES: The session will be in English and Spanish,  with simultaneous translation to both languages.





Provisional Agenda


(Click on the titles of the presentations to download them)

Moderator: Dr. Claudina Cayetano, Regional Advisor on Mental Health, Pan American Health Organization.

14:00 - 14:10 - Suicide Prevention in the Americas

  • Dr. Renato Oliveira e Souza, Unit Chief, Mental Health and Substance Unit, Pan American Health Organization.

14:10 - 14:25 - Preventing Suicide in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Dr. Hazel Othello, Director, Mental Health Unit, Trinidad and Tobago

14:25 - 14:40 - Overcoming Suicide: Hope for the Future

  • Ms. Paulina del Rio, person with lived experience of suicide, Chile

14:40 - 14:55 - Investing in suicide prevention: Lessons learned

  • Mr. Jairo Valverde, UNDP Representative, Guyana

14:55 – 15:25 - Questions and answers

15:25 - 15:30 - Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Renato Oliveira e Souza, Unit Chief, Mental Health and Substance Unit, Pan American Health Organization


Time correspondence

  • 11:00 am – Los Angeles
  • 12:00 pm – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa 
  •  1:00 pm – Bogotá, Kingston, Mexico City, Panamá City, Lima, Quito
  •  2:00 pm – Bridgetown,  Castries, Georgetown,  Nassau, Port of Spain, San Juan, Washington DC
  •  3:00 pm – Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paramaribo, Santiago
  •  8:00 pm – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time in the following link


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