World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2019

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Canadians save lives by taking the time to join together on World Suicide Prevention Day!  One person can make a difference to someone in need.

On September 10th, 2019, people will gather in communities across Canada and over 50 countries around the world to show their support to recognize World Suicide Prevention Day. Since 2003, WSPD has publically brought the need for suicide awareness and a greater commitment to suicide prevention to the world stage. On World Suicide Prevention Day, we are reminded that Working Together, We Can Prevent Suicide.

It is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people will end their life and 210 will make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. And their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to spread the message that help, hope, and healing are possible.

Various World Suicide Prevention Day activities are planned in the Prairie Mountain Health region on September 10, 2019. A public gathering will be held at the A. R. McDiarmid Civic Complex at 638 Princess Avenue from 12:00 to 1:00 PM to recognize those who are working to make our community suicide-safer, and to support those whose lives have been impacted by suicide. The event is being sponsored by Brandon and Area SPIN (Suicide Prevention Implementation Network) and the City of Brandon and is open to all.

There will be a free safeTALK training in Brandon on Tuesday September 10, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 pm, held at Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre (255 – 9th Street) for anyone who wishes to learn more about how to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide first aid resources. Register by calling SPIN at 204-578-2599 or emailing

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) has developed many 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

For more information on these or other events taking place throughout the region please contact Niki Gagnon at 204-578-2599 or email or visit

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