September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day – WSPD – for 2017. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention – CASP – website states that “It is estimated that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life, and 210 make a suicide attempt.” They also point out that suicide happens regardless of age, ethnicity, and economic and social boundaries. CASP is challenging all Canadian communities to find a way to “Take a Minute” and connect to WSPD on the 10th in order to shine a light on the issue of suicide, and to send a message to all those that have been affected by suicide, or those that are struggling with such thoughts.
Some ways that you can participate in WSPD are:
- Wear a suicide awareness ribbon to show your support for suicide awareness and prevention.
- Speak up about WSPD; spread the word on social media as much as you can.
- Light a candle at 8:00pm on the 10th either as a symbol of caring and compassion or in recognition of those impacted or bereaved by suicide.
- Reach out to someone who may be struggling and see if they’re willing to talk. Small acts of kindness can be life changing.
To find out more about World Suicide Prevention Day, including events and ways to get involved, visit https://suicideprevention.ca/wspd/.