Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
Sep 10, 2013 / 5:00 am
Thousands of hours and dollars have been put behind lowering the number of deaths from things like cancer or heart disease, in fact there are 63 per cent fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. However the same cannot be said about suicide.
Tuesday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day to break the stigma about discussing and preventing these tragedies. Suicide is the leading cause of injury related fatality in Canada. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association well over 3,000,000 Canadians have been touched by suicide in some way and among those aged 15 to 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death.
The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day in Canada is “Stigma: A major barrier to suicide prevention,” focusing on “Hope and resiliency at home and at work." something the the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna branch works on every day. “I’ve seen a huge shift in our community’s attitude toward mental illness and an increase in acceptance that it can effect everyone – just like cancer or heart disease, “ says Shelagh Turner, Executive Director of the CMHA Kelowna, “But we still have such a long way to go.”
Turner has witnessed an increase in workplaces concerned about workload stress, anxiety and mental health. “Workplaces that pay attention to the mental health of their employees will not only see an improvement in wellness and resilience, but also their business’ bottom line,” says Turner.
For more information about available resources, including upcoming CMHA’s Knowledge is Power series (being held on Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Laurel Packinghouse) click here or call 250.861.3644 for more information.
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