Suicide Prevention Day
Training & Prevention Resources for UofG Students
World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to increase your awareness and understanding about suicide. The day brings attention to the issue, reduces stigma, and raises awareness among organizations, governments, and the public, giving the message that suicide can be prevented. It is a reminder that suicide is not the only option, and that there is reason for hope and to seek support. Suicide prevention should be a priority, particularly where availability and access to mental health support is low.
Suicide impacts all people, regardless of age, gender, and background.
More than 10 Canadians die by suicide every day.
For every person lost, many more experience thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
- Higher risk populations include men, people serving federal sentences, survivors of suicide loss or suicide attempt, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities.
- Women have higher rates of self-harm (a risk for suicide), and LGBTQ+ youth have more frequent thoughts of suicide and suicide-related behaviours.
Resources for University of Guelph Students:
If you or a friend is having suicidal thoughts, please contact someone immediately, or to the nearest emergency room, or call 911: they are there to listen, and they want to help.
- Good2Talk Postsecondary Helpline: 1-866-925-5454.
- Here 24/7 (Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Services for Waterloo – Wellington Region): 1-844-437-3247
- Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone: Text UofG to 686868
Where can I learn more or receive training to help others?
- There are various training opportunities currently available for students, staff, and faculty to help you to become more informed about mental health issues, including suicide prevention/intervention. Visit our website to learn more or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO World Suicide Prevention Day: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day
- Learn more about the campaigns, events, and information surrounding today. Suicide in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/suicide-prevention/suicide-canada.html