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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day: Let's work together to prevent suicide and promote mental wellness

September 10th  is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s (CASP) theme for this year is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”  Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend or even a stranger – could change the course of someone’s life. But suicide prevention is not just about one day a year, it’s what we all do “on any given day” that could make all the difference in someone’s life.

According to CASP estimates, each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 200 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.

The Interlake-Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee is an example of how preventing suicide needs to be everyone’s responsibility. The committee is dedicated to fostering hope and to ultimately alleviate the impact of suicide for all individuals and is working together across jurisdictions to promote awareness, lessen stigma and provide mental health resources across the region. Jill Hodgson-McConnell, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s Mental Health Clinical Specialist, who chairs the committee, says that the structure of the committee itself shows that it’s up to all of us to work together to prevent suicide.

“The responsibility of suicide awareness – whether through intervention, prevention, and post-intervention -- does not rest solely within one professional practice or jurisdiction.  Therefore, the purpose of the Interlake-Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee is to provide a foundation for services and community stakeholders, individuals with experiences of suicide, and their family members/natural supports, to plan, recommend, develop, implement, support, coordinate, and evaluate suicide intervention and prevention efforts”.

On September 10th, the Interlake-Eastern RHA will be posting a full day of posts on our Facebook and Twitter to share resources on preventing suicide. We invite everyone across the region to work together towards preventing suicide on this day and #onanygivenday

If you or someone you know may be in crisis, the Interlake-Eastern RHA’s crisis line is available 24 hours a day to provide help. Call toll-free at 1(866) 427-8628 or (204) 482-5419. If you need help beyond a phone call, the Mobile Crisis Unit can conduct a community visit. To learn more about Interlake-Eastern RHA’s crisis services, visit our web page at /default.aspx?cid=13366&lang=1

Online resources for learning how YOU can reach out to help prevent suicide:

  • The Interlake-Eastern RHA's Mental Health Resources Page - provides a host of information about the free mental health resources in our region, including numbers for central intake, crisis lines, mobile crisis units and more
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - MDAM's Suicide Resource Page provides information on how to spot signs someone may be considering suicide and how to reach out to help prevent suicide
  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP): See CASP's World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit to find resources about the importance of reaching out to those who may be considering suicide 

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