World Suicide Prevention Day

wspd2016All across Canada, people and organizations are planning to observe World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2016.
What does World Suicide Prevention Day mean to you? 

Each year on September 10, a commitment to saving lives brings together communities from across Canada and around the world. Since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has served as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme — Connect, Communicate and Care — encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

The act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable to suicide is an important first step in making a difference. Asking them whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact Asking about suicidal thoughts or intent does not result in suicide, talking about suicide can make a difference.

Suicide is preventable. Reach out and raise awareness about recovery, help-seeking behaviours, and community resources available to those at risk of suicide.

The MHCC has created an online “wall” to collect personal messages of hope and recovery to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and help is available.

We have also partnered with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention to host a series of activities including:
Mysterious Barricades: A Cross Canada Concert for Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Hope  
Speaker Series with former NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk  
Find WSPD events across Canada or submit your own