On September 10, Take a minute, change a life, for World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).

It is estimated that each day in Canada, 11 people end their lives and 210 people make a suicide attempt. Suicide has no boundaries and occurs across all age groups, economic status, social status, and ethnicities.  The pain and the circumstances that lead an individual to take their own lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave countless families and friends bereaved and their communities impacted as well.

This year, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) is inviting all Canadian communities to come up with one way they can connect to World Suicide Prevention Day. Bringing awareness to this very important issue and we will be sending a message and support to those who are feeling at a complete loss, to those who are grieving, and to those who are supporting someone who is struggling. WSPD on September 10 is an opportunity to spread the message that help, hope, and healing are possible.

While one minute may not sound like enough to time to make a difference, it is the small moments that add up to make a big difference. Imagine if everyone took a minute to change a life and the impact that could have?!

Here are a few ways you can take a minute this World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD):

  1. Take a minute to, wear a suicide prevention ribbon
  2. Take a minute to, share your ideas about what you could do in a minute with WSPD
  3. Take a minute to, speak up and visit CASP Facebook page and join in on Twitter @CASP_CA to spread the message across social media
  4. Take a minute to, light a candle on September 10th at 8:00 pm to represent a beacon of caring and compassion to illuminate the need suicide prevention and awareness
  5. Take a minute, to talk with someone who may be struggling. If you are worried about someone, reach out to them and ask if they want to talk. A caring, compassionate person at a difficult time can truly impact someone and turn things around

For further ways to get involved with WSPD and CASP, please visit www.suicideprevention.ca. And if you need help, there are many crisis centres available to talk to you 24hours a day.

**By Meagan O’Hanlon