World Suicide Prevention Day 2013

by Glen Canning

World Suicide Prevention is an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those with lived experience of suicide attempts or loss, and other interested groups and individuals – to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities. We provide resources and materials to help spread the word about suicide prevention, life promotion, and the potential for hope and healing.

It is estimated 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. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.

If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this.

More information about the warning signs of suicide, and places to get help, can be found here –

Yesterday was the sixth annual Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day. In Halifax about 100 people walked from Victoria Park to City Hall. It was our first, the sixth for others. We meet other survivors and shared our grief. One man I talked to lost his son to suicide 20 years ago. He said the pain never goes away, you just learn to live with it.

Tomorrow, September 10, marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

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