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Small Actions Make a Big Difference

September 6th 2022
Small Actions Make a Big Difference

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:

  1. 1
    Encourage dialogue so the person can express their feelings.
  2. 2
    Pay attention and show empathy.
  3. 3
    Do not judge.
  4. 4
    Make it clear that you are concerned about the person’s situation.
  5. 5
    Take the person seriously.
  6. 6
    Reassure the person by being there and being available.

In certain situations, these additional steps might be necessary:

  1. 1
    Remove all dangerous items in the immediate environment.
  2. 2
    Consult a professional.
  3. 3
    In 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

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