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SJHH / Health Services/ World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2023 is World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about suicide and how to support those who may be struggling, honour survivors and remember those who have died.

Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, ability, racial, gender and ethnic boundaries. People in equity-deserving groups are at higher risk for suicide. Suicide can be difficult to understand, especially when we are unaware a person is struggling. There is no one universal sign that a person may be struggling with their mental health or suicide.

As mental health and substance use challenges have worsened in our community, now more than ever we need to increase awareness, reduce stigma and provide support. Suicide is complex and we do not have all the answers. Death because of a mental illness is not well understood by most people. Our goal is to prevent suicide. Unfortunately, suicide is not always preventable. However, we know that effective treatments that provide hope are available.

The theme is “Creating Hope Through Action.” Through this, we aim to work together to create a movement of preventative action, to recognize the impact of suicide and share resources and supports for those who are struggling. At times, the work of suicide prevention can feel overwhelming, but even small actions can make a huge difference. Join St. Joe’s Mental Health and Addictions Program in recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day by promoting awareness, increasing access to resources, and learning how to support loved ones who are struggling.

Ways to help a loved one who may be struggling:

Here’s how you can get involved:

Support and Resources

If you, or a loved one is seeking help or support, call/click the resources below:

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 (50 Charlton Ave. E.) and tell the doctor if you are having thoughts of suicide.
  • Call the 24 hours Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or online at coasthamilton.ca.
  • Call or text 9-8-8, is for anyone in Canada who is thinking about suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. For more information about 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline, visit 988.ca (previously known as Crisis Services Canada Line).
  • Call the Salvation Army Crisis Line at 1-855-294-HOPE or online at www.hopesalive.ca.
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Across Canada, you can find a crisis centre:

There are many websites with information and support about suicide. The websites listed above 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.