Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. www.iasp.info
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, LivingWorks Start an online beginners suicide prevention training will be provided to the community at no cost (while quantities last) courtesy of CMHA Champlain East; United Way SDG & United Way East Ontario. This 90 minute online training teaches valuable skills in recognizing suicide and connecting a person thinking of suicide to help. This training is available to anyone 13+. For more information contact Angela Warren WarrenA@cmha-east.on.ca
On September 10th we encourage you to visit the https://www.facebook.com/cmhaeast/ to share Suicide Prevention messaging.
Watch on YouTube a local testimonial from an individual with lived experience. Stephen’s Story
Your suicide prevention coalition members want to remind you that it only takes a minute to make a difference.
Light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention; to remember a lost loved one to suicide and for survivors of suicide.
Congratulations to Shannon Martens & Allyson Ayotte on receiving the 2020 LivingWorks Certificate of Recognition for their ongoing commitment to preventing suicide both at the school level and in the community. Both of these young ladies were nominated for initiating a wellness club at their school (La Citadelle). This idea came to light through a leadership class they were taking. The club they hoped for; would be created through a project: 20%. Students were asked to come up with an idea that would be developed into action items and implemented. Their project was eventually aligned with Ride the Wave - www.ridethewave.ca a youth initiative with a strong focus on wellness, resilience and coping. Both Allyson and Shannon embraced the idea and were excited to move ahead with development. Due to COVID-19 plans to launch this initiative for May 2020 was brought to a halt. That being said the students have continued to meet with the prevention working group of the Champlain East Suicide Prevention Coalition to develop the Ride The Wave toolkit and use that information to create a binder with the same strategies for their Wellness Club. The club will be called (Porte par les vagues) and work will resume at La Citadelle the pilot school for this project at a later date.
Quote from Allyson Ayotte:
“I want to be remembered as the girl who made a difference in my school and to honor the memory for my little sister”.
Quote from Allyson Ayotte:
“Honestly all I wanted to do was help people and this was a way to do it; something needed to change and I decided to help”.
Thank you for your support in recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day if you or someone you care about is in crisis contact the Mental Health Crisis line at 1.866.996.0991