Suicide, thoughts of suicide and suicide-related behaviours impact people of all ages and backgrounds in Canada. Yet suicide is preventable through awareness, training and education, and healthy help-seeking.
That’s where the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton (SPCCH) is making a difference. The non-profit organization consists of volunteers and agency representatives who have worked for the past 42 years providing help and hope for those touched by the issue of suicide.
In partnership with the SPCCH, we look at some of its initiatives and why the organization’s work is crucial in the Hamilton community ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.
Why talking about suicide is important
Speaking openly about suicide and suicide prevention is essential so that people with thoughts of suicide feel comfortable seeking help, says Dr. Jennifer Brasch, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University and the lead, addiction psychiatry, at St Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.