September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the theme is Creating Hope Through Action. This day is an opportunity to create a movement of preventive action, to recognize the various impacts of suicide and to collectively deploy efforts to prevent it.
On September 10 and every day, it is important to remember that small actions can help make a big difference. We wish to remind the Prescott-Russell community that multiple resources are available and that it is important to obtain services if you or a loved one needs support.
You Can Be the Guiding Light for Those Who Need It
If you suspect that someone you know is experiencing suicidal distress, here is how you can help:
- Encourage dialogue so the person can express their feelings.
- Pay attention and show empathy.
- Do not judge.
- Make it clear that you are concerned about the person’s situation.
- Take the person seriously.
- Reassure the person by being there and being available.
In certain situations, these additional steps might be necessary:
- Remove all dangerous items in the immediate environment.
- Consult a professional by contacting local crisis line.
- In an emergency, contact 9-1-1.
Do not hesitate to contact Valoris if you have concerns for a child or adolescent. We are here to:
- Help the child/adolescent and their family adapt.
- Mobilize support to find lasting solutions.
- Arrange for the transition to less intensive help or other personalized services.
- Determine the cause of the distress and propose appropriate tools to help the person get through a difficult situation.
Resources Are Available
When someone close is in distress, no one has all the answers. For additional resources and information, please visit www.reachoutnow.ca.