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Raising awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day

10/09/2021

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, a chance for everyone to join together and increase our understanding about suicide.

Andrea Sierralta, a suicide intervention counsellor and group therapist at VCH, is hoping to help. Andrea is discussing the link between mental health and suicide, sharing the signs that someone may be struggling, and addressing commons myths on suicide in a series of videos.

The videos have been posted to VCH social media channels – InstagramTwitter and Facebook – this week. Visit @VCHhealthcare, watch the videos and share them as you see best.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) or your local crisis centre. You can also call 310-6789 (no area code needed) for emotional support or information. Indigenous people can call the Kuu-us crisis line (1 800 588-8717) for culturally-specific assistance.

Additional resources

  • S.A.F.E.R. is a free of charge, time-limited counselling service offered at Mental Health and Substance Use Outpatient Services at VCH. S.A.F.E.R. provides counselling for individuals age 19 and over who have made a suicide attempt, are currently suicidal, or have suicidal ideation; also offers support and education for people who are concerned about the risk of suicide in a significant other or bereaved by a suicide death.

  • Here2Talk is a free and confidential, always available mental health counselling and referral service.

  • BounceBack provides free mental health coaching on the telephone for adults and youth 15+ who are experiencing low mood, mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.

  • Foundry offers young people ages 12 to 24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and though integrated services centres in communities across B.C.

  • Wellness Together portal offers free counselling, online courses, self-guided programs and peer support groups.

  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is an information and resource hub for Canadians looking for resources, guidance and education on suicide prevention.

Supports for Indigenous People

  • Kuu-us Crisis Line provides 24-hour crisis services through education, prevention and intervention programs
    Adult Crisis Line: 250-723-4050
    Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040
    Phone (toll-free): 1-800-588-8717

  • Hope for Wellness Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.


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