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#WSPD2021

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year more Albertans die by suicide than the number of people who die in motor vehicle collisions.

Suicide ideation, attempts and deaths affect us all. Yet it is often difficult to talk about due to feelings of fear, shame and guilt. Let’s talk about it.

 

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

Together, we can prevent suicide. Take some time this World Suicide Prevention Day to learn how you can help:

  • Recognize when someone is struggling. Learn about warning signs for suicide.
  • Engage in conversation and listen to someone’s story with empathy.
  • Ask about suicidal thoughts and feelings by being clear and direct. ‘Are you thinking of suicide?’
  • Connect to supports and resources:
    • Call Health Link at 811 to find out what services are in your area
    • Call Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 to speak to a mental health therapist
  • Heal yourself by taking care of your own mental health. Take time to consider your needs and reach out for support if you need to.
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