September 10, 2021
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Observed annually on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to break the silence, encourage discussion and prevent deaths from suicide (International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Within the IASP’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day, Creating Hope Through Action.
‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments – as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide. (IASP)
How you can take part in Nova Scotia:
Light a Candle: on September 10th light a candle near a window at 8 p.m. to show your support for suicide prevention to remember a lost loved one
and for the survivors of suicide.
Attend an event: On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association NS Division in partnership with Worth Living, a Sydney-based online mental health community, will host Voices of Hope, a facilitated virtual panel discussion in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10). This virtual panel will be comprised of advocates who speak and write about suicide and mental health from a place of lived experience
Panelists include Keith Anderson, Ryan Gould and Haley Tiffany. Each panelist’s personal story is featured in Life Worth Living (Anderson, Davis, Campeau, 2021), a mental health anthology that examines mental health challenges and recovery from a variety of perspectives through 12 unique stories.
The discussion, which will be facilitated by Seana Jewer, Suicide Prevention Lead, CMHA NS, will focus on the panelists’ mental health challenges, hope and recovery. Visit www.novascotia.cmha/news to learn more
Resources: Visit our CAST (Communities Addressing Suicide Together) Hub HERE