September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). On this day, people will gather in communities all across Canada to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, comfort those who grieve and strengthen our connection with each other.
Each day, we lose approximately 11 people to suicide in Canada. Suicide is complex, but it is preventable. WSPD reminds us all of our mutual commitment to join together and save lives.
This year’s theme for WSPD across the country is “Connecting Canada.” The purpose is to raise awareness and promote the significance of suicide prevention efforts in Canada, while finding ways to continue to engage the public in dialogue on this important topic. We encourage you to find at least one way of connecting to WSPD.
How can you get involved?
1. Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada website to find a detailed list of all WSPD events happening across the country.
2. Review CASP resources, and take the time to educate yourself on suicide prevention. Don’t forget to share with family and friends.
3. Join MHCC’s one-hour webinar on the role of distress lines in Canada.
4. Become a member of CASP.
5. Discover opportunities to support suicide prevention within your community and across the country.
6. Make a donation. With no paid staff or funding, CASP exists solely on donations. Your support can go a long way.
7. Take a moment to remember the lives of those who have died and comfort those who grieve.