All across Canada, people and organizations will observe World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2015. If you or your organization are planning an event, let us know.

Click here to fill out the online form by end of day September 8, so we can post your event on our website.

Each year on September 10, a commitment to saving lives brings together communities from across Canada and around the world. Since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has served as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme — Reaching Out and Saving Lives Across Canada — encourages all of us to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

Showing care and concern to someone who may be thinking of suicide can make all the difference. Asking them whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact. Asking about suicidal thoughts or intent does not result in suicide. Isolation increases the risk of suicide, so being there for someone can be life-saving.

Suicide is preventable. Reach out and raise awareness about recovery, help-seeking behaviours, and community resources available to those at risk of suicide.

Starting September 10, you can share your message of hope and recovery to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and help is available. Please visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s online “wall” on the suicide prevention topics page for more information.

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