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. 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.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's website reads, 'The theme this year is “Take a Minute to Change a Life,” encouraging all of us to spread the message that help, hope and healing are possible for those who are despairing, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone who is struggling.'
St. Joseph's has a play and discussion panel planned for this evening. Details below:
Dear Yellow Sun
Please join us as we examine the complex topic of suicide through an original play followed by a discussion by an expert panel.
When/Where: Tuesday, September 10 | Doors open at 7 pm • The Westdale
Expert Panel Discussion • Free Admission • Register at www.StJoes.ca/DearYellowSun
*We offer this play and panel as a means of raising awareness, but caution that it is a sensitive topic which can cause emotional triggers for some people.*
Public Ceremony and Butterfly Release
When/Where: Tuesday, September 10 | 11:00 AM • Chapel Garden (off of G196) St. Joe's West 5th Campus (click here for directions)
Are You in Crisis?
Help is available. If you are in Hamilton:
- Go to the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Charlton Campus (50 Charlton Ave. E.) and tell the doctor if you are having thoughts of suicide.
- Call the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905-972-8338 or online at www.coasthamilton.ca
- Call the Salvation Army Crisis Line at 1-855-294-HOPE or online at www.hopesalive.ca
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Suicide Prevention and Crisis/Distress Services Hamilton:
Those at immediate risk for suicide call 911.
If you, or a loved one is seeking help or support, call/click the resources below:
Youth Wellness Centre
905-522-1155 ext. 31725
COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team)
Salvation Army Suicide Crisis Line
Distress Centre of Hamilton
Kids Help Phone
Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
There are many on-line websites with information and support about suicide prevention. The websites listed above can guide you to many more resources. Please note that these links are provided for information purposes only and St. Joe’s/Bell Media is not responsible for their content.
Source: St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton