Miss You Most Photography Exhibit
About the Exhibit
As leaders in providing care for individuals living with mental illness and addiction, we know that few subjects are as difficult to discuss as suicide.
At St. Joe’s, we want to start a conversation that will increase awareness of suicide prevention and break down barriers to important resources that can save a life.
In keeping with our mission to reduce stigma and encourage proactive dialogue about difficult topics in mental health and addiction, St. Joe’s has helped create an inspiring photography exhibit in partnership with www.leftbehindbysuicide.org.
Photographer Scott Chisholm’s work focuses on capturing people who have experienced a suicide loss and sharing their stories by framing their own writings about loss and recovery along with stunning photographs.
These images challenge us to reconsider our perspectives on suicide loss, inspire us to ask difficult questions, and remind us how precious life is.
The Miss You Most photography exhibit is currently on display at the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. It is located on Level 0 in the corridor leading to the Medical Outpatient Clinics, and is open to viewing at any time, 7 days a week.
Suicide is Preventable
- The Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton offers a Family Guide to Understanding Suicide with extensive information about suicide, suicide prevention, suicide loss and local resources.
- The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention works towards reducing suicide and its impact in Canada, through advocacy, support and education www.suicideprevention.ca
- The Canadian Association for Mental Health offers information about suicide thoughts and warning signs of suicide
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada is involved in many suicide prevention initiatives and provides educational resources
- The World Health Organization published a report on global suicide prevention in 2014. The report describes initiatives at the international, national, local and individual level to prevent suicide.
- A practical document for coping with suicidal thoughts is available from COMH.
- A related document,Working with the Suicidal Patient, is intended for health care professionals without a mental health background.
Are you interested in getting involved in suicide prevention initiatives?
In Hamilton, the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton is a volunteer run awareness and education organization.
The Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention shares information about suicide prevention events, education and initiatives.
Asking about Suicide
There are resources available to help you learn how to ask about suicide when you suspect someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
SafeTALK is a 3-hour introductory course on learning to ask about suicide. ASIST is a 2-day in-depth course on suicide risk assessment. Both are offered through Living Works.
Mental Health First Aid includes information on mental illnesses and suicide risk assessment.
Remember: by asking someone if they are having thoughts of suicide, you will not give them any ideas, and they may want someone to talk to and be unsure how to bring up the subject.
Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss
There are groups in Hamilton available for support of those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Visit www.friendsingrief.ca or call them at 905-318-0059.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention offers information and support
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has a toolkit of resources
Are You in Crisis?
Help is available. If you are in Hamilton:
- Go to the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Charlton Campus and tell the doctor if you are having thoughts of suicide.
- Call the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905-972-8338 or online at www.coasthamilton.ca
- Call the Salvation Army Crisis Line at 1-855-294-HOPE or online at www.hopesalive.ca
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
There are many on-line websites with information and support about suicide prevention. The websites listed here can guide you to many more resources. Please note that these links are provided for information purposes only and St. Joe’s is not responsible for their content.
The Miss You Most exhibit is located at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus, in the Level 0 corridor by the Medical Outpatient clinics.
The West 5th Campus is located at 100 West 5th Street in Hamilton, Ontario.
We welcome your feedback on the Miss You Most exhibit. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org