Every day we scan news headlines and social media for items of interest to the field of suicide prevention. Here’s what we found last week:

World Suicide Prevention Day, What we still need to doCTV
Sept. 10, 2016
Mara Grunau discusses how those who are not suffering from mental illness to support those who are by creating a safe, non-judgemental and caring environment, one that encourages sharing and openness.

Talking suicide in Nunavut: Helpline says listening can help healCBC 
Sept. 11, 2016
Sheila Levy, executive director of the 24-hour Kamatsiaqtut Help Line that serves Nunavut, discusses the importance of talking through one’s struggles: “So many people feel if they are feeling suicidal, they don’t know where to turn… Once they can talk about that then they can move on to finding ways to live.”

Suicide prevention walk to take place at High Level BridgeEdmonton Sun
Sept. 10, 2016
Edmonton is a community that has seen suicide prevention come to the forefront in recent years, due to its iconic High Level Bridge, a suicide hot spot. This World Suicide Prevention Day, the first Bridge of Life Memorial Walk took place, with the aim to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

1 in 5 teens has considered suicide: Kids Help PhoneCBC
Sept. 8, 2016
A Kids Help Phone survey of 1,300 youth has found that 22% of respondents have considered suicide. Kids Help Phone believes that we need to understand how youth communicate both online and offline, in order to reach out to them and offer help.

Understanding teen suicide helps make sense of the heartbreakHuffington Post Blog
Sept. 7, 2016
Suicide is complex, and teen suicide is even more complex, as teens are going through psychological and biological changes, and their moods can be very extreme. There are warning signs, though, and this article helps to explain what exactly a suicidal teen could be thinking.

Recent suicides in Canada highlight need for national strategyGlobe and Mail
Sept. 6, 2016
An editorial published this week in CMAJ is calling on the federal government to develop a national suicide prevention strategy.
“The federal government must lead a push that could eventually see suicide-prevention programs in schools, more crisis helplines and better ways of getting help to young people who have been abused or who might otherwise be at risk for suicide.”

Canada’s ‘public health crisis’ of suicides needs funded prevention plan: CMAJ editorialCBC
Sept. 6, 2016
An editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is calling for a national suicide prevention strategy. Laura Eggertson and Dr. Kirsten Patrick argue that strategies work, as in the case of Quebec, where a suicide prevention strategy brought rates down by as much as half in some age groups.

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