World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is coming up on September 10th. Suicide is a huge issue facing queer and trans youth, who deal with mental illness, bullying, and family abandonment at disproportional rates. The majority of my friends have dealt with continuing suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts throughout their lives. It can be a hard thing to talk about, which is why this year’s theme of “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives” really resonates with me. We need to build a community of continued, unconditional support where we can be kind, attentive, and caring to others so they can feel that they don’t have to drive themselves to crisis to access support. We all have a role to play in opening ourselves up, and educating ourselves to care for our loved ones who feel hopeless, unworthy, and hurt. I’m here to talk about suicide, and the ripple effect it can have on a community. I am here to talk about my own attempts, and support others who are considering suicide. Everyone plays a part, and you can get involved by visiting suicideprevention.ca
Here are some ways, from the WSPD, that you can get involved:
- Raise awareness. Talk to your family, friends, and colleagues about suicide prevention and World Suicide Prevention Day. By talking about suicide and suicide prevention, without judgement, we break down stigma and raise awareness about the services and resources available for those in need.
- Participate: Support a local WSPD event by either participating or sponsoring those involved. There are events happening across Canada aimed at raising awareness and safe guarding their communities. We will be tweeting and posting local events as we learn about them on our Facebook and Twitter Follow#WSPD2015 for updates.
- Learn More: Would like to get more involved? Have questions around suicide, its causes, and want to know how it can be prevented through open and honest discussion, consider taking one of the following programs. There are a number of workshops to choose from and each course offers a progression in involvement and understanding of suicide intervention. Starting with suicideTALK an awareness session which can be taken either online or in person. One of the most popular courses is safeTALK. This half-day workshop teaches you how to identify those having thoughts of suicide and talk to them about your concerns, and then connect them with life saving resources. Just as essential as learning CPR to protect those you love and care for, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) can help you protect your community. Available to anyone over the age of 15, find a workshop near you.
- Donate: CASP is funded through the generous donations of individual Canadians and corporations. Your dollars go to further expanding the resources and programs available to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. Donate here