World Suicide Prevention Day is approaching and Interior Health is encouraging communities to support suicide prevention, remember those who have died and comfort those who grieve.
“There is help, hope and people who care,” it said in a statement.
About 3,900 Canadians kill themselves each year, yet “it remains a taboo subject that is often not openly discussed.” September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, is an appropriate time to shed some light on this phenomenon.
“Suicide can shatter the lives of the family and friends left behind and can affect anyone of any age, gender and culture,” Health Minister Terry Lake said in the statement. “There is help available day or night and I encourage all British Columbians to be aware of the many resources available.”
Here are some ways you can show your support:
- Let your friends, family and colleagues know how you plan to reach out by sharing on social media and tagging your post with #WSPD2015;
- Follow #WSPD2015 for updates on Twitter;
- Attend a World Suicide Prevention Day event in your community; and
- Light a candle in your window on September 10 at 8 pm. to show support.
“Everyone can benefit from the help and support of family, friends, and community during difficult times,” said Jenny Green, IH’s community health facilitator. “Many suicides are preventable. Suicide prevention begins with our willingness to recognize the signs of suicide and talk openly about it. Sometimes just a few genuine words of concern and active listening can create an open discussion about suicide and encourage an at-risk person to seek help. You can make a big difference.”
If someone you know is feeling suicidal, help is available. The Interior Crisis Line Network provides Interior Health residents with around-the-clock access to telephone support. The toll-free number is 1-888-353-CARE (2273). A province-wide network of crisis lines is accessible by calling 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). Assistance is also available through local mental health and substance use services, family physicians, emergency services and through web-based supports such as Crisis Centre (http://www.crisiscentre.bc.ca) and HeretoHelp (http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca).
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day please visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s website at www.suicideprevention.ca.