According to the World Health Organization, close to 800,000 people around the world die by suicide each year. Suicide is the second-most common cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. However, anyone can be at risk of suicide regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status, or race.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham joins the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in inviting all individuals to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). On September 10th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CMHA Durham invites the public to gather at a candlelight vigil in Memorial Park, 110 Simcoe Street South Oshawa to recognize World Suicide Prevention Day.
The vigil is a memorial to those who have lost their lives to suicide and offers support to the loved ones of those who have died by suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day raises awareness about suicide, mental health concerns and suicide prevention.
“It is estimated that everyday more than 200 Canadians attempt suicide,” says Sheryl Wedderburn CMHA Durham CEO.
“We want people thinking about suicide to know that there is help available.”
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:
• Find a private place and let your loved one take as much time as they need.
• Take your loved one seriously and listen without judgement, their feelings are very real.
• Keep your word, don’t make promises you can’t keep or don’t intend to keep.
• Tell your loved one that they are important and that you care about them.
Anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis is encouraged to contact Talk Suicide Canada toll free at 1-833-456-4566 toll-free at 1-866-995-9933. Individuals can also call Distress Centre Durham at 1-800-452-0688.