Centre for Suicide Prevention has had an accomplished year but like everyone else’s, it has been eclipsed by the pandemic and we have been reminded anew of the magnitude of our work.
In March 2020, when COVID-19 descended upon us, many people wondered: What will the psychological impacts of this global pandemic be? Will they contribute to more people dying by suicide? How can we support people now?
We all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Illuminating this truth and equipping people to respond gives our work deep meaning. Together we can support people who are having thoughts of suicide to identify hope, belonging, purpose and meaning in their lives.
The theme of our 2019-2020 Annual Report is Hope, Belonging, Meaning, and Purpose. This theme comes from the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum, a framework developed by Thunderbird Partnership Foundation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners including Health Canada, which describes and explains these four aspects in action, and how aligning them brings wholeness.