World Suicide Prevention Day is…Every Day

Suicide Prevention Day has come and gone. I often take a moment to reflect on my best friend from high school who died by suicide.

I still remember my parents waking me up at 3 am saying there was an urgent phone call waiting for me in the kitchen. It was his girlfriend explaining to me that my friend, Colin, took his own life.

I thought this was a cruel joke she was playing on me. Ha…ha…very funny.

It was no joke. Her tearful cries and profound sadness solidified the reality for me. He was dead and I was completely devastated by his action.

From that day on, I insisted that if anybody I knew was thinking of harming themselves, that I would help them get the help they needed.

World Suicide Prevention Day is not only on September 10, 2020. It is every day.

If you’re thinking of hurting yourself, please reach out to a friend, family member, or crisis prevention line.

We’re here to help.

We’re here to listen.

Alex

 

If you’re having thoughts or feelings of suicide, please contact the following resources (24/7):

Distress Centre: 403.266.4357

Alberta Health Service (AHS) Health Link: 811

Kids Help Phone: 1.800.668.6868

or visit your nearest Hospital Emergency Room.

For more information on suicide prevention, please contact:

The Centre for Suicide Prevention: suicideinfo.ca

our nearest Hospital Emergency Room.

For more information on suicide prevention, please contact:

The Centre for Suicide Prevention: suicideinfo.ca

 

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