Working Together to Prevent Suicide
The statistic is staggering. It is estimated that 12 people will die by suicide today and every day in Canada. Countless other individuals will attempt to end their life or question its value. The stories are heartbreaking. The ripple effects of suicide are broad. Family, friends and whole communities are impacted. People are left asking the question: ‘Why?’
This year’s World Suicide Prevention Day theme is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’
On September 10th, the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington Dufferin invites you to work with us to prevent suicide in our cities, towns and villages across the Counties.
Listen. When someone is struggling, the first step is taking a moment to check in with them and listen supportively and compassionately to what they have to say. Help them look for resources.
Plant tulip bulbs of HOPE. The Suicide Awareness Council invites you to pick-up a free bag of orange tulip bulbs at various sites across Wellington and Dufferin Counties. The locations include Canadian Mental Health Association offices and Family Health Teams. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see other locations.
Light a candle. Place it near a window at 8:00 p.m. on September 10th. The candle is a beacon of caring and compassion. The candle also recognizes those who have been bereaved by suicide and for the survivors of suicide.
Speak up. Get active on social media, initiate conversations, plan or attend an event. #WSPD2018 #SACWD
Our collective actions and words give a powerful voice to the difference each and every one of us, alone and together, can make in spreading the message that help, hope and healing are possible.