Approximately 11 people end their lives by suicide each day in Canada, and many more will make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there many others who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day with a theme of “Connect, Communicate, Care” providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the risks and warning signs of suicide and the steps we can take to help prevent it. This year, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is promoting wearing an orange ribbon to highlight this significant issue.
Here at St. Joseph’s, where we are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of safety for our patients and their families. Because of this, we are leading Canada’s first Zero Suicide initiative.
This system-wide quality improvement initiative sets a bold goal of reducing suicides and attempted suicides by wrapping care around the individual so that fewer people fall through gaps in their care journey. In this way, Zero Suicide will help to create safe bridges in transitions of care.
Phase one of this work is being implemented within the Adult Ambulatory Mental Health Care Program at Parkwood Institute, where the Zero Suicide implementation Committee is engaging staff as well as patients and families in this important initiative.
To create a permanent, sustainable and system-wide change, it will take the collective will and generous support – we hope you will join us.
On September 10, we invite you to join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide:
Be one who wears a ribbon.
Be one who reaches out.
Be one who speaks up.
Be one who listens.
Be one who makes a difference.
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day, or for materials and resources on suicide prevention including, advocating, coping and grieving and more, visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention website. http://suicideprevention.ca/.