World Health Organization Releases First Global Report on Suicide

Prior to World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, the WHO released a global report on suicide detailing information on suicide from 60 countries but less than half of those countries have a national strategy.  The report, called Preventing Suicide: A global imperative, states that over 800 000 people worldwide die by suicide, that’s 1 person every 40 seconds.  The report also states that for each of these deaths, there are many more attempts that go unrecorded and often unnoticed.  Not only that, but prior suicide attempts is the single more important risk factor for suicide in the general population.

Although Canada does not have a current National Suicide Prevention Strategy, the Mental Health Commission of Canada challenged the 308 Members of Parliament to conversations with their constituents this summer.  These #308 Conversations are allowing Canadians to come together to discuss what we feel is needed in order to have a comprehensive, supportive National Strategy.

For more information on the WHO Report or the Mental Health Commission of Canada, go to www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention or www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

An Event Apart November 14, 15, and 16, 2014

Save the date for An Event Apart November 14, 15, and 16 at DeGroot’s Nurseries on London Line.

The weekend will feature an opening gala with hors d’oeuvres, art, music, a cash bar, and door prizes while the rest of the weekend will include artwork for sale by professional artists and local youth in all media for exhibition and sale.  Proceeds will be going to the Sarnia Lambton Suicide Prevention Committee to provide safeTALK training to even more members of the community.

www.aneventapart.ca

Art Walk June 7 and 8, 2014

Join us for Artwalk, June 7&8, 2014 (Sarnia), 11am-5pm.  We will have crisis cards and information available and creating some elastic art of our own!  Come find our “REACHING OUT” booth on George St., just north of Lochiel St. www.sarniaartwalk.com