Sui­cide is not an op­tion

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“Sui­cide is not an op­tion” is this year’s theme for the 22nd edi­tion of Sui­cide Preven­tion Week which runs from Fe­bru­ary 5th to the 11th. The JEVI sui­cide preven­tion cen­tre would like peo­ple to add their voice to the dec­la­ra­tion of sol­i­dar­ity. “Ajouter ma voix” leaflets will be dis­trib­uted through pub­lisacs through­out the Town­ships and sig­na­tures can also be added at www.ajouter­mavoix.com. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to check out the Face­book page named Se­maine de preven­tion du sui­cide en Es­trie that has been put on­line specif­i­cally for this week. A lot of in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able there on men­tal health, sui­cide preven­tion and dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties that will be tak­ing place.

In the Es­trie re­gion, ev­ery week, one per­son com­mits sui­cide. Sui­cide is not a ra­tio­nal choice nor a com­pletely in­di­vid­ual choice. It is also a cul­tural act, that is, an act com­mit­ted in a cul­tural and so­cial con­text

that tol­er­ates it. It is time to refuse this cul­ture and this tol­er­ance, the time to say: “Sui­cide is not an op­tion! Here, ev­ery­one is im­por­tant!“It’s a sim­ple sen­tence to un­der­line the unique and pre­cious place that each per­son oc­cu­pies in their en­tourage and in Que­bec so­ci­ety.

To­gether we can pre­vent sui­cide. Each cit­i­zen is nec­es­sary in the preven­tion by be­com­ing part of those who re­ject the op­tion of sui­cide and that is why they are be­ing in­vited to af­firm this, by ‘adding their voices’, to help bring an end to the suf­fer­ing.

Sui­cide preven­tion week is also the ideal time to pub­li­cise lo­cal re­sources. If you be­lieve that some­one you know may be go­ing through a very dif­fi­cult time or con­tem­plat­ing sui­cide, and you don’t know what to do, you must ask for help. Call 1 866 AP­PELLE (277-3553) and some­one from the

will help you.

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