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 Working Together to Prevent Suicide. This theme marks the importance of communities everywhere coming together to recognize the impact of suicide and to strive to prevent it. WSPD reminds us that teamwork and solidarity make us stronger together and it is an opportunity to spread the message that help, hope, and healing are possible.
It is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people will end their life and 210 will make a suicide attempt. Every year, 160 million people worldwide contemplate suicide and tragically, 800 000 of them die by suicide. If we all do our part, we can prevent those deaths that do happen and the devastating impact they have.
Virtual World Suicide Prevention Day activities are planned in the Prairie Mountain Health region during the week of September 8-11, 2020. The Suicide Prevention Implementation Network (SPIN) will be highlighting and recognizing the incredible work of several community organizations who make Brandon & Area suicide safer. During this especially challenging time with Covid 19, it is important to note how these organizations have adapted their services and outreach to those at risk. The interviews with dignitaries and community organizations will be on SPIN social media throughout the week.
SPIN has also become a champion for the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s Buddy Up campaign. Men have a suicide rate 3X higher than women but these suicides can be prevented. This campaign was created for men by men, encouraging them to have real conversations with their buddies and to support them if they are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Here’s what you can do: Pay Attention to noticeable changes in behaviour; Start a Conversation in a comfortable setting and mention what you have noticed; Keep it Going by asking questions and listening to what he’s saying; and Stick to Your Role – you’re a friend, not a counselor, but know what resources are available. Watch for the #buddyup electronic messages on 18th Street billboards and posters/stickers around the city.
For more information on suicide awareness educational opportunities, events, and resources, please go to the SPIN website at www.spinbrandon.ca.
If you are struggling yourself or are concerned about someone else’s suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to reach out for help. 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 888-1-379-7699. In an emergency call 911 or contact a local hospital.