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Suicide Facts
  • Suicide rate in young people is increasing
  • Suicide is uncommon in children under the age of 10
  • Between 60-80% of youth have sought help            Read More



The Josh Platzer Society is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year we are an official 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon charity. This world class event on May 4, 2014 attracts runners far and wide each year, and we are thrilled to continue our participation in the RUN4HOPE charity program after its establishment in 2013.

Runners: We are currently recruiting runners! If you would like to participate in the 2014 Vancouver Marathon on behalf of the Josh Platzer Society, we would love to hear from you. Run options include the full or half marathon, the 8km run starting in Stanley Park, and 8km Teen Challenge.

Volunteers: Want to help out? Please get in touch, our volunteers are a critical part of our involvement in the 2014 Vancouver Marathon – you enable us to participate and reach our goals!

Donations: Donations to your selected runner can be made through our Vancouver Marathon page, accessible below.



About Us

The Josh Platzer Society was founded by Jude and Ben Platzer in September 2000, a year after the tragic suicide death of their beloved son Josh.The purpose of the Society is to educate British Columbians about suicide prevention, to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and to promote awareness and dialogue on this difficult topic.

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Teen Suicide Awareness

“ The Josh Platzer Society’s goal is to provide resources in education and awareness on the topic of teen suicide to counselors, students, teachers and families. By promoting dialogue on the subject, it is our aim to reduce the stigma associated with suicide; in particular so that teens will feel easier about sharing their problems with a responsible adult. ”

Help us Build Awareness and Prevent Teen Suicide