It’s World Suicide Prevention Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association Wood Buffalo wants you to reach out to those in need.
Suicide is a major cause of premature and preventable death and Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo and Some Other Solutions are coming together to fight the stigma.
Executive Director for CMHA Wood Buffalo Christine Savage tells Mix News it’s imperative for people to see the signs of suicide if they hope to prevent it.
“You may notice a change in their behaviour or different things that they’re experiencing. Just take a moment to have a conversation with them. Recent research has been done with people who’ve attempted suicide and they said what would have changed that for them, is if someone had a conversation with them.”
Savage says suicidal thoughts affect people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities but the signs often signal if and when someone truly needs help.
“Last year, 4,000 people died from suicide in Canada and it’s estimated that every day in Canada – 11 people take their life and 210 make a suicide attempt. Suicide really occurs in all social, economic and ethnic boundaries.”
CMHA Wood Buffalo and SOS will be visiting Fort McMurray schools this week to discuss the importance of suicide prevention with school counselors and teachers.
CMHA Wood Buffalo will be also be holding a ceremony of hope on Wednesday at Dr. KA Clarke School to remember those whose lives have been lost to suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Week runs until Saturday, September 16.