Sunday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day is an opportunity to remember the lives of people we’ve lost to suicide and raise awareness for suicide prevention.

To honour the day, we’ve released a statement with the Canadian Mental Health Association – National and updated our toolkit about suicide prevention. We will also be hosting free workshops.

Statement with Canadian Mental Health Association – National

In November, the Government of Canada will launch 988— three-digit dialing for Talk Suicide, Canada’s national suicide and mental health  crisis helpline (now available at 1-833-456-4566).

988 is a welcomed, important initiative that focuses on helping people experiencing crisis. However, only equal investment in prevention will reduce the number of people experiencing crisis.

Learn more about Canadian Mental Health Association – National and Centre for Suicide Prevention’s call on the federal government to create a ‘Care after the Call’ Fund that will fill the gaps in our mental healthcare system with our World Suicide Prevention Day blog.

Read the article

About suicide prevention toolkit

We’ve updated our toolkit about suicide prevention (previously called ‘Suicide Prevention Primer’). This toolkit is an introduction into the topic of suicide, including warning signs, risk and protective factors, statistics, and myths and facts. You’ll also learn about suicide prevention best practices and how to have a conversation with someone you’re worried about.

Read the toolkit

World Suicide Prevention Day Poster

This year’s theme is Seeing the Big Picture. To affect suicide rates, we need to see the bigger picture. There is no one thing that will prevent suicide and no one organization that can prevent suicide alone. We must work together in myriad, coordinated, intentional ways.

Download the poster

Free workshops

Once again this year we’re offering free workshops in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day! We ask that organizations send a maximum of two participants to each workshop. If participants do not show up for the workshop, they will be billed the full price of the workshop ($100). Substitutions are welcome – if you can’t come, please send a friend.

safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone (in-person, Calgary, Alberta)
Wednesday, Sept. 27
8:30 am – 12 pm MT

Little Cub: Promoting life in Indigenous children (online)
Wednesday, Oct. 4
8:30 am – 12 pm MT

Looking Forward: Preventing suicide in youth (online)
Thursday, Oct. 26
8:30 am – 12 pm MT

River of Life: Promoting life in Indigenous young people (online)
Tuesday, Nov. 14
8:30 am – 12 pm MT

Small Talk: Preventing suicide in children (online)
Wednesday, Nov. 22
8:30 am – 12 pm MT