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World Suicide Prevention Day: What Can You Do?

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention day. According to statistics from the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, every day in Canada 10 people die by suicide and leave behind 10-12 survivors who are profoundly affected. These are concerning numbers, showing that suicide has a far-reaching impact. To add to this, suicide rates are increasing, making it the 9th leading cause of death in Canada.

When we see these numbers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel helpless to do anything to change the situation. In fact, we can do something. If someone you know seems to be struggling, you can reach out to them. Here is a link to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention website, where you can see the signs of risk to look for, and get some direction on what to do

Many people believe that if you ask a person if they are thinking of suicide, it will put the idea in their head. This myth is not true. In fact, the person may be relieved to have a chance to talk about thoughts they have been struggling with. The thought of suicide is frightening for all of us. As a concerned friend or family member, it is important that you know what options you have to support the person. In Nova Scotia, we have a 24-hour crisis telephone line you or the person at risk can call. The telephone number is 1-888-429-8167.

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