Sept 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is aimed to raise awareness among people to prevent their loved ones from suicide.

 

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day that’s observed on September 10, which is aimed to provide commitment and action to prevent suicide all over the world through various activities. 

In 2011, almost 40 countries arranged different events to increase awareness on this day. According to studies, mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, OCD, anxiety disorder, insomnia have a higher suicide rate.

A new awareness campaign will give Canadians strategies to help prevent suicide in their communities.

The campaign “Not Suicide. Not Today.” has launched on World Suicide Prevention Day, and features empowering stories from real people who have suffered from mental illness, including addiction, and how they have recovered.

According to AHS, 7,254 Albertans visited the ER for suicide attempts in 2019. Half of those patients were youth. 

 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, here are some resources that are available.

Canada Suicide Prevention Helpline (1-833-456-4566)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (1 800 463-2338)

Crisis Services Canada (1-833-456-4566 or text 45645)

Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)

If you need immediate assistance call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

 

 

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