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.
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 the Mental Health Helpline by calling 1-866-531-2600.
The community is also invited to attend the North East Suicide Prevention Network (NESPN) 5th Annual Community Butterfly Release, BBQ and concert which will be held on Monday, September 10th at 6pm at the Bell Park Amphitheatre. The BBQ is free to the public and butterflies can be purchased for $10 at the event.
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 – Sudbury/Manitoulin at (705) 675-7252.