SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
WINNIPEG – Taking thirty minutes out of your day can help save a life on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.
“We want Manitobans to make their coffee break count,” says Tim Wall, Director of Counselling Services at Klinic Community Health Centre and Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP). “Thirty Minutes That could Save a Life” is a short, coffee-break-length webcast on how families and work places can play a part in helping prevent suicide. It truly is a potential lifesaver … why wouldn’t someone take part?”
Hope at Work – a partnership between Klinic, the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention – is an important new resource that provides practical assistance and tools that any workplace can use to support suicide prevention, become suicide safer and promote hope and compassion around the topic of suicide.
The Hope at Work website, www.hopeatwork.ca will be formally launched on September 10th. The “Thirty Minutes that Could Save a Life” webcast will be available throughout the day on September 10th and can be viewed by simply going to 30minutestosavealife.com. Imbedded in the webcast is a brand new video produced by Klinic and CASP called “Let’s Talk about Suicide”.
In addition to promoting the “30 Minutes that Could Save a Life webcast within the workplace leading up to and on Suicide Prevention Day organizations and companies can make suicide safer workplace pledges and receive an acknowledgement of their commitment to suicide prevention.
Workplaces can also utilize these workplace mental wellness tips:
- Recognize mental wellness and suicide prevention as a health and safety priority.
- Identify a suicide prevention/mental wellness champion or leader in your workplace.
- Organize a wellness committee that plans health and wellness events.
- Have posters promoting your local crisis/distress line displayed in public areas such as reception areas, lunch rooms, washrooms, etc.
- Provide employees with CASP’s “Know When to Ask about Suicide and What to Do” information card. These information cards can be ordered from CASP’s national office at [email protected] or downloaded from the CASP website at www.suicideprevention.ca.
- Provide employees with help cards that have the phone number for your local crisis/distress line. If your local crisis/distress line does not have help cards, blank help cards can be downloaded from CASP’s website at www.suicideprevention.ca.
- Provide employees with information on stress and de-stressing. Publications such as Klinic’s “Calm in the Storm – Coping with the Stresses of Life” can be downloaded from CASP’s web site at www.suicideprevention.ca.
“We spend more than half our lives at work,” says Wall. “We need to look at our workplaces as the frontline for making a difference where mental health is concerned. All it takes is just a bit of effort for what can potentially be the difference-maker in someone’s life.”
For more information contact:
Tim Wall at 204-794-8903 or [email protected]
Nancy Parker at 204-330-1785 or [email protected]