The Champlain East Suicide Prevention Coalition is acknowledging World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), which is today September 10, 2020.  WSPD is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.  This year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”

Every year, 160 million people worldwide contemplate suicide and, tragically, 800,000 of them die by suicide. There is no reason that anyone has to die by suicide, if we all do our part, we can prevent suicide – and the devastating impacts. We know that suicide is preventable and anyone can make a difference.  Below are ways you can help create a suicide safer community.

Learn  In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, LivingWorks Start, online beginners suicide prevention training, will be provided to the community at no cost (while quantities last) courtesy of CMHA Champlain East, United Way SDG & United Way East Ontario. This 90-minute online training teaches valuable skills in recognizing suicide and the importance of connecting a person thinking of suicide to help. This training is available to anyone 13 years or older and only offered in English. For more information, contact Angela Warren [email protected].

Share On September 10, we encourage you to visit the to share Suicide Prevention messaging.

Listen Watch on YouTube a local testimonial from an individual with lived experience. Stephen’s Story:

Take a Minute Your suicide prevention coalition members want to remind you that it only takes a minute to make a difference.

Take a minute to say hi to a neighbor.

Take a minute to put yourself first.

Take a minute to cry when you need to.

Take a minute to write a postcard to someone special.

Take a minute to tell someone that it’s ok to talk about suicide.

Take a minute to check out

Take a minute to let someone know that you are available to listen.

Take a minute to do something life promoting.

Take a minute to spread the word about #WSPD

Take a minute to laugh/smile.

Take a minute to be grateful.

Take a minute to breathe.

Light a Candle Light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention; to remember a lost loved one to suicide and for all survivors of suicide.

Congratulations to Shannon Martens & Allyson Ayotte on receiving the 2020 LivingWorks Certificate of Recognition for their ongoing commitment to preventing suicide both at the school level and in the community. For full story on their contributions visit the Champlain East Suicide Prevention Coalition website under Events tab.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis contact the Mental Health Crisis line at 1.866.996.0991.