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 10. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) estimates that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life 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 toparticipate in WSPD and take a minute to:
• Wear a suicide prevention ribbon
• Speak up and share the message on social media that help is available
• Reach out to a friend or family member who may be struggling and ask them if they want to talk
CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin offers suicideTALK, safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) for those looking to broaden their knowledge on the topic of suicide and learn how they can help save a life. Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis is encouraged to reach out to Health Sciences North Crisis Intervention Services at 705-675-4760 (24 hour hotline—365 days/year). The Mental Health Helpline can also be accessed toll free by calling 1-866-531-2600.
The community is also invited to attend the North East Suicide Prevention Network (NESPN) 4th Annual Community Butterfly Release, BBQ and concert which will be held on Sunday, September 10th at 4:30pm at the Elizabeth Bell Gazebo in Bell Park. The BBQ and concert are free to the public and butterflies can be purchased for $10.
Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies can help reduce the risk, such as:
• Seeking treatment, care and support for mental health concerns — and building a good relationship with a doctor or other health professionals
• Staying connected with a care team or community-based program to help manage stress and monitor for thoughts of suicide
• Building social support networks, such as family, friends, a peer support or support group, or connections with a cultural or faith community
• Learning good coping skills to deal with problems, and trusting in coping abilities 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 the suicide prevention or positive mental health, contact CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin at 705-675-7252 or visit us at 100-111 Elm Street in Sudbury.