Today in Canada, 10 people will end their lives by suicide; 200 others will attempt so. For each death by suicide, between 7 and 10 people left behind are profoundly affected.
World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those with lived experience of suicide attempts or loss, and other interested groups and individuals – to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities. We provide resources and materials to help spread the word about suicide prevention, life promotion, and the potential for hope and healing.
It is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 200 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.
How to help someone in crisis
Talking honestly, responsibly and safely about suicide can help you determine if someone needs help. If you want to help someone in crisis, try:
- listening and showing concern
– showing concern can be an immediate way to help someone
– listening won’t increase the risk of suicide and it may save a life
- talking with them and reassuring them that they’re not alone
- letting them know you care
- connecting them with a:
– crisis line
– trusted person (neighbour, friend, family member or Elder)
World Suicide Prevention Day! I will be sharing some things today about what mental health struggles can look like in hopes that you too will have a better understanding that suicide does not discriminate... https://t.co/FH7p5lQcvo— Angel Rehtaeh (@angelrehtaeh) September 10, 2018
On #WorldSuicidePreventionDay Perhaps you've noticed a friend, family member or colleague seems withdrawn & you're worried about how they are feeling? Talk to them. Don't worry about having the right answers - starting the conversation is what's important. Please remember this... pic.twitter.com/f3v3KkvFFL— AWARE (@AwareNI) September 10, 2018
To echo what many are saying on #WorldSuicidePreventionDay: if you resist the urge to kill yourself, a day will come when you think 'thank god I didn't'. Maybe not quickly but it does come. It did for me, it does for everyone. Keep going.— Mark Watson (@watsoncomedian) September 10, 2018
In our lives we will be many people. What on one day seems unbearable to live with is vapour the next. We can’t avoid sorrows, we can undoubtedly expect change. Hold on. Light always follows darkness.— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) September 10, 2018
Love is the Phoenix. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
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