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They are your neighbour, your family member, colleague or your friend.
They are one of thousands of Canadians affected by suicide every single day.
They are courageous, brave, and strong.
They are suicide attempt survivors — and they have something they want you to know.
How to Support a Suicide Attempt Survivor
Supporting a suicide attempt survivor can be scary. When you know that someone has been pushed to the edge before, you might wonder what’s stopping him or her from doing it again. The truth is, your support can play a role in steering attempt survivors down the road to healing and keeping them on the right track.
The first thing you need to remember is that these survivors have fought their way back through the darkness and, in this moment, are making the choice to live. Honour that choice by acknowledging that they want to be here and realize that what they’re doing by talking about it, is finally giving themselves permission to ask for help.
If you know someone who is at risk of suicide and you’re looking for ways to offer support, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. […]
Eleven. That’s the number of Canadians who will choose to end their lives by suicide by the end of the day.
Two-hundred. That’s about the number of Canadians who will attempt suicide, but who will thankfully survive, by the end of today.
Two. That’s the number of times I’ve survived a suicide attempt in the short 30 years I’ve been on this planet (and coincidently CASP celebrated its 30th year in operation last year – how we’ve grown on two separate but similar paths!)
Many people believe that the act of suicide is selfish, cowardly on part of the individual, or embarrassing for friends and family. But as a survivor, I can say with confidence that it isn’t a choice that comes easily. I would even argue that it isn’t a choice whatsoever, but rather a desperate act during the deepest and darkest period of a battle with mental illness. For me, it was an attempt to end the emotional pain inflicted by my illness. I was sick, and I was unable to see any alternative or improvement to my bleak and seemingly hopeless situation. […]