World Suicide Prevention Day

There is help out there.

You are not alone.

You are loved.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – We must start talking about the issues and tragedies associated with suicide, break down stigma and bring it out into the open. These are very difficult conversations to have but they are so vitally important.

Canada has almost 4,000 suicides per year, with Saskatchewan having the second highest rates in Canada. Among our country’s youth, suicide is the second leading cause of death, preceded only by accidents.

“We have all faced or know someone who has grappled with mental health issues, and we all need to work at our mental wellness, just as we do our physical,” says SUN President, Tracy Zambory. “Letting people know – especially our youth – that there is no shame in mental illness or asking for help is so important. We all, as a society, have a shared responsibility to foster a safe environment where no one is afraid to ask for help in their darkest moments.”

It's OK to talk about suicide at home, at work, at school in your communities.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis, there is help out there.

Call 9-1-1 or contact a Saskatchewan 24/7 crisis hotline: