World Suicide Prevention Day is a chance for everyone to join in promoting understanding about suicide: those impacted by a suicide attempt or loss, family or friends, organizations, professionals, politicians, volunteers, and community members.
Every year on September 10th, people in over 50 countries connect to continue Creating Hope Through Action. Through this year’s theme, we aim to work together to create a movement of preventative action, to recognize the impact of suicide and ultimately, strive to prevent it. At times, the work of suicide prevention can feel overwhelming, but even small actions can make a huge difference.
Every year, 160 million people worldwide contemplate suicide and, tragically, 800,000 of them die by suicide. This means that more than 159 million people survive suicide-related crises every year. There is no reason that anyone has to die by suicide and, if we all do our part, we can prevent those deaths that do happen and the devastating impact that they have.
This year during this especially challenging time with COVID-19, SPIN has collaborated with some of the Provincial Suicide Prevention Networks in the province to bring you a speaker series to recognize World Suicide Prevention Day. This virtual event will be shared across Manitoba throughout the month of September 2021. The speaker series will kick off with Kevin Lamoreaux on September 9th, followed by Buddy Up Campaign September 16th, and Jack.org the on September 23rd, and for the finale WE MATTER on September 30th. For more information and updates on these events, check out the poster and please visit SPIN on social media where the times and zoom links for the events will soon be released.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is hosting a virtual online event on Friday, Septmeber 10 at 1 pm (Central Time). This year's theme is 'Creating Hope Through Action'. The event will feature presentations by a group of panelists who will share their unique experiences of suicide-related behaviours and actions and what was and wasn't supportive to them during this time. Following the presentations there will be a live Q&A. Click here to register.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) has developed resources to help families, communities, workplaces, and service providers become suicide safer and enhance their capacity to support those at risk of suicide or affected by suicide. These resources can be downloaded from the CASP website. Other resources can be found on the SPIN website. The interviews with community organizations and resources will be on SPIN social media throughout the month.
The Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Committee (MWSPC) PMH North will be running various community events across Prairie Mountain Health North for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2021. Please see below for a list of events near you:
- Swan River – A community walk will occur starting at the Swan River Co-op (811 Main St E) at 1:00pm. There will be a short program following the walk and light refreshments will be provided to participants. Please contact Olivia Acorn (204-734-6684) or Rod Seib (204-614-8544) for more information.
- Roblin – A community walk will occur starting at the Roblin HERO Club (146 Main St W) at 1:00pm. Water will be available for participants of the walk. Please contact Pam Hansen (204-937-3727) for more information.
- Dauphin – A community walk will occur starting at 10:30am at the Vermillion Park (214 2nd Ave NW) walking trails, where various Suicide Prevention resources and materials will be distributed. The event will end at the United Church (37 3rd Ave NW) where the Dauphin HERO Club Hotdog Cart will offer water bottles and hotdogs to participants. Participants may share thoughts of remembrance for those who have died by suicide or thoughts of hope for suicide recovery. Please contact Eleanor Snitka (431-345-0353) or Tara Mathews (204-701-0153) for more information.
- Ste. Rose – Information and resources on Suicide Prevention will be made available at the weekly ROSE Inc. fundraising BBQ from 11:30am to 1:30pm. ROSE Inc. is located at 633 Central Ave. Please contact Ashley Vandepoele (204-447-4395) for more information.
If you are struggling yourself or are concerned about someone else’s suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You can contact the Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line at 1-877-435-7170, a crisis line available 24 hours per day. A trained crisis worker will listen to you and direct you to the resources you need. Locally you can contact Westman Crisis Services at 204-725-4411 or 1-888-379-7699 in Brandon Area, or 1-866-332-3030 for PMH-North- In an emergency call 911 or contact a local hospital or health office.