World Suicide Prevention Day - Working together to prevent suicide

September 10, 2019 — Defense Stories

Every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is held on September 10th.  Launched in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness and encourage discussion around suicide prevention, by promoting health-related programs from around the world.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die by suicide. In Canada alone, 4157 suicides took place in 2017, according to Statistics Canada. A strong risk factor for suicide is depression. Given the stresses of everyday modern life, anyone can be affected by stress and depression at any time.

This month’s featured LifeSpeak video is: Suicide: Understanding, Prevention, and Intervention by Sally Spencer-Thomas. This is a powerful discussion about suicide, including how to understand it, talk about it, help prevent it, and come to terms with it.

The Department of National Defence (DND) values the mental health and well-being of employees and military members and it provides access to programs, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (MAP) to provide support during difficult times.

The programs provide a confidential, voluntary and neutral service available to Defence Team members and their immediate family members when dealing with personal or professional issues affecting their well-being.

DND Civilian employees have access to:

Defence Team members have access to:

The 2019 theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide,” as stopping even one suicide from occurring takes a collective effort. Together, we can work to prevent the devastating impact of suicide.

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