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World Suicide Prevention Day: The effects of suicide can be severe and far-reaching

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Interlake Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee is reminding everyone of the impact suicide has on friends and families. Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention estimates, each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 250 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 dedicated to fostering hope and to ultimately alleviating the impact of suicide for all individuals. Their members are 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 impact of suicide is felt much wider than anyone can imagine.

“We are all impacted by suicide. We hear about it in the news. We know someone who has died by suicide or has had thoughts of suicide,” says Hodgson-McConnell, “We have lost family and friends, but the fact that someone has died by suicide or is thinking about suicide does not diminish our love for them or the pain we feel in their absence. That’s why, on September 10, we want to emphasize the resources available to all those impacted by suicide.”

Individuals affected by suicide are encouraged to review the resources available below, in particular the Lifeline app that has been specifically designed to provide guidance and support to those currently in crisis as well as to those who have experienced the pain of losing a loved one.   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.

From September 6-10, Interlake-Eastern RHA will be posting on Facebook and Twitter to share resources on suicide prevention with the hashtag #onanygivenday. Everyone is invited to work together towards preventing suicide on this day and “on any given day.”

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 website at www.ierha.ca then click on “Care in your Community” and “Mental Health”.

Online resources for those impacted by suicide:

• The LifeLine -  This app can be downloaded from Apple App store, or Google Play for Androids and has lots of Canadian resources to help those impacted by 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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