Marking World Suicide Prevention Day
Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day.
Each day in Canada, 10 people die by suicide and 250 make a suicide attempt.
In St.Catharines, officials have been working to deter suicides on a downtown bridge by committing 4 million dollars for barriers following a rash of deaths.
To mark the day four landmarks in Niagara will be illuminated yellow, the suicide prevention awareness colour, this evening including Niagara Falls, The Peace Bridge, Welland Canal Bridge 13 and Buffalo City Hall.
Distress Centre Niagara will host their 14th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk at Market Square in downtown St. Catharines with the walk and memorial starting at 7:30pm.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15 - 24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people will die prematurely each year by suicide.
Suicide Prevention and Crisis/Distress Services Niagara:
Those at immediate risk for suicide call 911
If you or someone you know is in crisis or at risk for suicide:
COAST 1-866-550-5205 x 1 (Adults 16+)
Pathstone Mental Health 1-800-263-4944 (Children and Youth)
Distress Centre Niagara 905-688-3711 (St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Area all ages)
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 24/7 texting service is accessible immediately to youth anywhere in Canada by texting TALK to 686868
Jeunesse J’ecoute 1-800-668-6868 TEXTO to 686868 to reach a French-speaking Crisis Responder
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Ontario Text and Chat Service:
Centralized Access Services for Mental Health, Addictions and Community Supports in Niagara:
Mental Health and Addictions Access Line: 1-866-550-5205 Ext 2 (Adult 16+)
Contact Niagara: 1-800-933-3617 (Children and Youth)
InCommunities: 211 (all ages)
Other Helpful Urgent and emergency resources:
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line 1-800-268-9688
Domestic Violence Hotline : Gillian's Place 905-684-8331
Sexual Abuse Hotline: Niagara Sexual Assault Centre- 905-682-4584
Child Abuse Hotline: Family and Children's Services- 1-888-937-7731
Emergency Shelters : Southridge 905-682-9901 Salvation Army 905-684-7813 (Full list available through 211)
Youth Shelter : The RAFT 905-984-4365 Nightlight (905) 358-3678 (Full list available through 211)
Adult Mental Health Urgent and Walk in services: Canadian Mental Health Association (times and locations of walk in available through Mental Health and Addictions Access Line – 1-866-550-5205 ext 2 Child and Youth Urgent and Walk in Services : Pathstone Mental Health 1-800-263-4944
Parent Resouce: Parent Talk Line 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7555
Family Resources: Mental Health: Family Mental Health Support Network 905-894-6808
Substance Abuse Urgent/prompt services: Community Addiction Services of Niagara 905-684-1183
Alcoholics Anonymous: Niagara (905) 682-2140
Housing Help (905) 984-8955
Seniors Services: Gatekeepers 905-684-0968
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