Research & Special Projects

YLC collaborates in research projects wherever it makes sense for us to be involved. We have participated in many Think Tanks and continue to nurture our connections with all engaged in the Research field.

World Health Organization


A million people die by suicide every year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Yet these deaths are preventable.

In WHO’s first suicide report “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” information is included on what is known about suicide across the world, groups at particular risk of suicide, and what can be done at both societal and individual level to reduce the number of deaths from suicide.

Visit the WHO site.



Your Life Counts is a proud national partner with PREVNet – Canada’s authority on research and resources for bullying prevention.

PREVNet is an umbrella network of 68 leading Canadian research scientists, more than 100 graduate students and 54 youth-serving organizations, including YLC. Launched in 2006 with the Networks of Centres of Excellence, PREVNet’s mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all children and youth. Led by Scientific Co-directors Dr. Debra Peplar of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University, this national network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an unprecedented national opportunity for socio-cultural change.

The PREVNet website is a wealth of resources for kids, teens. parents, educators and other adults.

Excellent resource for Parents – Bullying Prevention – What Parents Need To Know

YLC recommends the PREVNet book series:

Volume 1 – Understanding and Addressing Bullying: An International Perspective

Volume 2 –  Rise Up for Respectful Relationships: Prevent Bullying

Volume 3 – Creating A World Without Bullying

These excellent resources can be ordered directly from PREVNet online.

Especially for Educators:

PREVNet Assessment Tool for Schools – assesses the extent and nature of bullying taking place in schools.

Your Life Counts is committed to supporting and collaborating with PREVNet and our partners in contributing to the efforts of research and the development and delivery of practical resources that will help us all create a world without bullying.

Neilson Poll

Neilsen (formerly Harris Decima) is one of the world’s leading research companies. Under the leadership of YLC International Advisory Board member, Tara McCarthy, Harris Decima very kindly agreed to conduct a survey of Canadians to measure their understanding and their attitude towards the serious problem of youth suicide.

This important contribution via Harris Decima was referred to widely in considerations that led to the enactment of Bill c300 – ‘an Act respecting the establishment of a national framework for suicide prevention’ (in Canada). These considerations ranged from Parliamentary Hearings to media coverages to debate in Parliament.

The Poll is properly referred to as the Your Life Counts Harris Decima Poll. Our grateful thanks to Harris Decima and to Tara McCarthy for their superb contribution to help save precious lives from suicide.

Universities & Colleges

We are collaborating with the following universities and colleges:

  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Toronto
  • Queen’s University
  • McMaster University
  • York University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Mohawk College

Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living

The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Peter R. Breggin MD for professionals and non-professionals who want to raise ethical and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry.  The board of directors, advisory council and membership include professionals in many fields spanning psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and other medical specialties, neuroscience, education, religion, and law, as well as concerned advocates, families and laypersons.

YLC Center for Life, Empathic Therapy & Research

Developing in parallel with the vision for the YLC Foundation, the YLC International Centre for Life, Empathic Therapy & Research will provide a physical home for all of YLC’s initiatives worldwide.