About 11 Canadians will end their lives by suicide today.
In B.C., we lose an average of 501 people a year due to suicide. The effects of suicide can be devastating to our communities and our families. Suicide prevention is a shared responsibility – we all have the potential to make a difference and save a life.
Connecting Canada is the theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day today.
The campaign highlights that being connected with oneself, with others, and with a community is critical to hopefulness and wellbeing. World Suicide Prevention day is a time to remember that we are all connected to each other, through shared experiences and hope.
“Everyone can benefit from the help and support of their family, friends, and community during difficult times,” said Jenny Green, community health facilitator with the Interior Health Authority.
“Many suicides are preventable. Suicide prevention begins with our willingness to recognize the signs of suicide and talk openly about it. Once you have a feeling that someone might be thinking about suicide, it is important to ask them as directly, clearly, and as soon as possible.”
The Interior Crisis Line Network provides residents with around-the-clock access to telephone support. The toll-free number is 1-888-353-2273.
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).
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day, go to www.suicideprevention.ca or www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/suicide-prevention/world-suicide-prevention-day.