Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement for World Suicide Prevention Day, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021:
“On World Suicide Prevention Day, we come together to raise awareness, reduce stigma and share stories of resilience and hope. Suicides are preventable, and we all have a role to play in saving lives.
“I have deep appreciation for the work of our care providers, community partners and families who care for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide. Suicide does not discriminate and people from all walks of life can be at risk.
“Suicide and suicidal thoughts can be hard to talk about. That’s why it is so important to reach out to someone who is struggling, let them know you care and help them connect to resources. Nobody should have to face mental health challenges alone: https://wellbeing.gov.bc.ca/mental-health/suicide
“If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there is help. In an emergency, call 911, 1 800 SUICIDE for crisis support anytime, or 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.
“The Government of B.C. is working to prevent suicide and promote resilience through expanded suicide prevention and life promotion programs. Through Budget 2021, the Province is investing $61 million to improve the access and quality of mental health services, including better access to suicide prevention services.
"More than ever, post-secondary students, faculty and staff need access to mental health supports. Today, our government announced a new training resource, Let’s Talk About Suicide, to support faculty and staff in B.C. post-secondary institutions. B.C. post-secondary students experiencing mental health concerns can also access Here2Talk, a free and confidential, always available mental health counselling and referral service: https://here2talk.ca/
“Compassionate, non-judgmental support is vital when someone is struggling. Start courageous conversations with the people you love, let them know that someone cares and help is available.”