The CMHA joins the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in inviting all individuals and communities to find a way to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. It can be as simple as sending a message to those who are in despair, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone who is struggling with life’s challenges. By spreading the word that help, hope and healing are possible, we can work together to prevent suicide.
CASP estimates 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.
Join the London Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council for their annual Lifting the Silence Memorial Walk and Ceremony to honour those lost to suicide and their loved ones on Tuesday, September 10 at Victoria Park, Clarence Street from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Talking about suicide can provide relief and being a listener is the best intervention anyone can give. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Take all threats or attempts seriously
- Be aware and learn warning signs of suicide
- Be direct and ask if the person is thinking of suicide. If the answer is yes, ask if the person has a plan and what the time line is.
- Be non-judgmental and empathic
- Do not minimize the feelings expressed by the person
- Do not be sworn to secrecy…seek out the support of appropriate professionals
- Ask if there is anything you can do
For more information or to learn more about the suicide prevention or positive mental health, visit CASP or contact CMHA Middlesex at email@example.com or call 519-434-9191.
If you are in crisis and need support you can call Reach Out at 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 or visit the 24/7 Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre at 648 Huron Street.