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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
“CONNECTING CANADA”

“One World Connected” is the theme that the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) chose for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). Bringing this theme home, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) have partnered to promote, “Connecting Canada” as the theme for WSPD in Canada.  This is also the theme for this year’s virtual suicide prevention conference, November 19-21, 2014.

Being connected with oneself, with others, and a community is critical to ones sense of hopefulness and wellbeing.  Building connections is therefore one of the pillars of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.  On September 10th people will gather in communities all across Canada to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember and celebrate the lives those who have died, comfort those who grieve and strengthen our connection with each other.  During WSPD, we remember that we are all connected to each other, through shared; experiences, sorrow, hope, determination, commitment and compassion.

On September 10th, CASP and the MHCC invite all communities in Canada to find at least one way of connecting to WSPD. Your efforts will shine a light on this important issue, sending a message to those who are despairing, connection to those who are grieving and reminding us all that there is help, hope and people who care.

To help you promote your communities WSPD event, CASP has prepared a WSPD poster. This poster can be downloaded from their new website, www.suicideprevention.ca and has been formatted to allow you to insert your own text.

Over the last year, both CASP and the MHCC have produced a number of new resources and information that are available at no cost on their respective websites. Communities are welcome to use these resources as part of their WSPD activities.

CASP’s resources include:

“Let’s Talk About Suicide”

This fourteen minute video explores with the viewer how we all can have discussions with family and friends about suicide prevention and how together we can keep ourselves safer during difficult times. The video also discusses identifying and talking to someone who might be at risk of suicide.

“Hope at Work”

Workplaces are communities. People spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. On September 10th CASP and Klinic Community Health Centre will formally launch a new website.  www.hopeatwork.ca. This website is intended to help work places support suicide prevention and postvention in the workplace and become suicide safer.

C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. is a resource to help people who might receive a call at work from someone who in distress and is having thoughts of suicide. In addition to these brand new resources, CASP has been a part of developing many other resources over the past several years that are all available on the CASP website. Please feel free to use any and all of these resources to support your WSPD activities.

MHCC’s resources include:

Monthly Webinar Series

These informative 30-60 minute webinars aim to provide useful information on innovative programs, research and services that are reducing the numbers of deaths by suicide in Canada. Each presenter provides useful links, resources and contact information for participants to learn more. Slides are available in both French and English, and archived recordings of the presentations can be found on the MHCC website.

#308Conversations

#308Conversations is a new initiative of the MHCC, which invites each of Canada’s 308 Members of Parliament (MP’s) to host a community meeting around suicide prevention, postvention and/or intervention. #308Conversations is designed to inspire individuals to take an active role in preventing suicide within the community, and ultimately encourage people coping with thoughts of suicide to connect with local support networks and service providers. To learn more, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/308conversations. We hope that you will share with use your plans for WSPD so that we can in turn share them with the rest of Canada.  Contact us at casp@suicideprevention.ca. LET’S STAY CONNECTED. To learn more about the virtual suicide prevention conference, visit www.caspconference.ca. [title size=”2″]Resources[/title] [checklist icon=”arrow-down” iconcolor=”” circle=”yes”]

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