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Sep 12, 2017
Each small moment can add up to make a big difference.
That’s the message individuals, organizations, policy makers, and advocates are sharing this year to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) estimates that each day in Canada, 11 people die by suicide and 210 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The tragedy of suicide impacts the entire community. Raising awareness opens doors to help, hope, and healing. CASP is encouraging Canadians to participate in WSPD and take a minute to:
CMHA Waterloo Wellington offers Skills for Safer Living, a Suicide-Intervention Support Group in Kitchener, Cambridge, and Guelph. The program is a combination of a twenty week skills-based group and a peer support group for individuals with recurring thoughts and behaviours about suicide. CMHA WW also offers safeTALK and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshops for individuals who wish to become suicide-alert helpers.
Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies can help reduce the risk, such as:
Universal prevention strategies recommended by the World Health Organization also include increasing access to health care and responsible media reporting.
For more information or to learn more about suicide prevention or positive mental health, contact CMHA Waterloo Wellington at 1-844-CMHA WW3 (264-2993).