Annually, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is Creating Hope Through Action. This day is an opportunity to come together to create a movement of preventive action, to recognize the various impacts of suicide and to mobilize efforts to prevent it.
Every day, it is important to remember that small actions can help make a big difference. That is why Valoris, as a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Champlain East, invites the community of Prescott-Russell to take a moment to change a life on September 10. Everyone can mark this day in their own way, either by wearing the orange ribbon, a symbol of hope, or by safely placing a candle at a window around 8 p.m. to support suicide prevention.
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:
- 1Encourage dialogue so the person can express their feelings.
- 2Pay attention and show empathy.
- 3Do not judge.
- 4Make it clear that you are concerned about the person’s situation.
- 5Take the person seriously.
- 6Reassure the person by being there and being available.
In certain situations, these additional steps might be necessary:
- 1Remove all dangerous items in the immediate environment.
- 2Consult a professional.
- 3In an emergency, hospitalization may be an option.
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.