CMHA Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

The CMHA joins the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in inviting all individuals and communities to find a way to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. It can be as simple as sending a message to those who are in despair, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone who is struggling with life’s challenges. By spreading the word that help, hope and healing are possible, we can work together to prevent suicide.

CASP estimates that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 200 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries.

CMHA Grey Bruce has 2 educational programs that can help support those struggling with thoughts of suicide. We offer:

  • ASIST which is a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) which provides the training needed to help a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
  • Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey & Bruce: If you or someone you know are unable to cope, are depressed, or facing a mental health crisis, please call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-470-5200 or go to your nearest emergency room.  

Talking about suicide can provide relief and being a listener is the best intervention anyone can give. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Take all threats or attempts seriously
  • Be aware and learn warning signs of suicide
  • Be direct and ask if the person is thinking of suicide. If the answer is yes, ask if the person has a plan and what the time line is.
  • Be non-judgmental and empathetic
  • Do not minimize the feelings expressed by the person
  • Do not be sworn to secrecy…seek out the support of appropriate professionals
  • Ask if there is anything you can do

For more information or to learn more about the suicide prevention or positive mental health, visit CASP or contact CMHA Grey Bruce at 519-371-3642. To learn more about our education programs, please contact Jackie Ralph at jralph [at] cmhagb [dot] org