World Suicide Prevention Day

Submitted by Dana Lawson
Manager Health Promotion

Posted on Thursday September 5, 2019


September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). It is an opportunity for everyone in the community to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.

It is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 250 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 families and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.

This message marks the importance of communities everywhere coming together to recognize the impact of suicide and to strive to prevent it. At times, the work of suicide prevention can feel overwhelming but even small acts can make a huge difference. The power of coming together and reaching out to each other is immeasurable…it can save lives.

When you notice that someone is struggling, check in with them. Listen supportively to what they have to say and remember that you don’t have to have all the answers. Learn about the resources you can turn to and be prepared to assist them in finding information. Talking about suicide is difficult, but to listen with a non-judgmental ear can help lessen feelings of isolation and remind the person that others care about them. World Suicide Prevention Day can be your starting point but remember that every single day matters.

On September 10, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) invites us to reach out and connect with WSPD in at least one way. Your efforts will shine a light on this important issue, sending a message to those who are despairing, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone who is struggling. Working together, a Canada without suicide is possible. There are many resources available to us. Reach out and connect. You are not alone;

CFMAP – 1-800-268-7708
Family Information Line – 1-800-866-4546
Garrison Mental Health- 613-687-5511 ext. 4600
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868
Crisis Line- 1-866-996-0991
MFRC- 613-687-2104

The Strengthening the Forces, Health Promotion program, offers a number of courses (Stress Take Charge, Managing Angry Moments, and Mental Fitness & Suicide Awareness) to help strengthen your mental resilience and learn to talk to someone who may be struggling. Visit CAFconnection.ca/petawawa for upcoming course schedule.

Information retrieved from Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2019