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Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is suicide prevention day in Canada, aimed to invite all Canadians to “reach out” and help those who may be thinking of hurting themselves.

Everyday 11 people end their lives by suicide, while 210 will attempt to end their lives. September 10th is aimed to help reduce that number.

Suicide prevention day is an initiative of the international Association for Suicide Prevention and the World health Organization. The theme for this year is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.” Which is why they are inviting everyone to share their plan on how they will “reach out” on social media with #WSPD2015.

“Suicide prevention begins with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. Be sympathetic, non-judgemental, patient, clam and accepting,” explains the Canadian Association for Suicide Preventions (CASP).

Online Resources:

Advocacy BCIT SA

The BCIT Student Association provides unbiased and confidential services to current, former or prospective BCIT students. The Advocacy office seeks to empower students to resolve their own issues with support. They have also set up a new feature where students can post comments anonymously online.


QPR Institute for Suicide prevention

-QPR stands for question, persuade, refer; three steps that can save someone’s life. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

The Student Association offers free 60-minute QPR suicide prevention training sessions throughout the year. QPR training provides valuable skills on how to recognize the signs of suicide, how to intervene, and refer someone who may be suicidal. There are five sessions available during the month of September.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

CASP provides resources and information to reduce the suicide rate. They help people understand, prevent, cope, and grieve.