- Pay more attention to mental health & well-being;
Encourage it in others;
- Support a loved one/friend/colleague living with a mental health issue or illness, who is going through a difficult time, is struggling with suicidal thoughts or has lost a loved one to suicide;
- Do not use ‘commit suicide’ or ‘successful suicide’;
Use ‘died by suicide’ or ‘suicided’;
- Reassure others that it's ok to talk about suicide.
Talking about suicide can help elected officials shape policy;
can improve the mental health system;
ensures programs exist for all Canadians, such as skills groups
for those who have attempted suicide and bereavement support;
- Take a suicide alertness or intervention training
(SafeTALK/ASIST/Mental Health First Aid, others).
Just like we learn physical first aid skills we can also learn emotional first aid skills;
Encourage families/friends/co-workers/faith groups/coaches
to lead others to take and host training in your community.
- Raise funds;
- Host or attend a World Suicide Prevention Day event.