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Suicide Awareness Week

Please note that this post contains statistics and information about suicide that may be triggering.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week! (Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day). Suicide is a troubling topic that most of us would rather not talk about, but suicide is a reality, and it is more common than we would like to think. 1 in 5 Canadian youth have considered suicide this year. It’s a heavy topic, but one that must be addressed in order to find a solution and save lives.

If you suspect someone you know may be considering suicide, remember it’s okay to talk to them about it! It is a myth that bringing it up will plant the idea in someone’s head- it is always better to ask. For more information about suicide: https://mindyourmind.ca/illnesses/suicide. The overwhelming majority of people who have suicidal thoughts may feel a sense of relief when someone talks to them about it. If you or someone you know are experiencing these kinds of thoughts, you are not alone, and there is hope.

As usual, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call emergency services immediately.

The good news is, there are more and more awareness and anti stigma campaigns each day. Check out Each Mind Matters for information on some of the resources, online campaigns, and other ways to get involved in suicide prevention:

http://www.eachmindmatters.org/get-involved/spread-the-word/suicide-prevention-week-2016/