Suicide is a global social issue, impacting incredible amounts of people and communities throughout the world. Over 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year, and 800,000 worldwide. That is someone every 40 seconds. It is a devastating reality that countless people are affected by daily.
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. The theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” continues for its second year, as chosen by the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
The theme pushes the message that together, we are stronger. Together, we are better able to spread the message of hope and life promotion. A huge risk for suicide is isolation and lack of support. We need to acknowledge that we need to be collective in our efforts, to make a change towards a better future.
Across the country, Canadians will light a candle by their window at 8pm on September 10th. This is to show support for suicide prevention, those bereaved by suicide, as well as to remember those we have lost to suicide.
We will come together at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion at 7:00 pm on September 10. We will be lighting candles in honour of this message, and to honour others.
CMHA also will be hosting a free safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) training Wednesday September 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Anyone over the age of 15 can register to attend. For information http://ssm-algoma.cmha.ca/events/safetalk/
Let’s get the message out there. Join us. Working together, we can help prevent suicide.
If you are having thoughts of suicide please reach out:
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 or Sault Area Hospital Crisis Services 705-759-3398