Rea­ching out and sa­ving lives

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When you need help, you want so­meone to reach out, lis­ten to what you have to say, and show you they care. That’s why the Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Coa­li­tion of Cham­plain East is proud to pro­mote World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day (WSPD), held on Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015.

In kee­ping with the theme this year, Pre­ven­ting Sui­cide: Rea­ching Out and Sa­ving Lives, the Coa­li­tion and its web­site, w w w . re a c h o u, en­cou­rage the po­pu­la­tion of Eas­tern On­ta­rio to reach out and offer sup­port if they think so­meone they know may be consi­de­ring sui­cide. All it takes is to ask whe­ther they are ok and to lis­ten to what they have to say in a non-judg­men­tal man­ner.

It’s al­so im­por­tant to offer sup­port to the fa­mi­ly, friends and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who are left be­hind af­ter a sui­cide. While it may be dif­fi­cult to start the conver­sa­tion, gi­ving an in­di­vi­dual who has lost a loved one to sui­cide the op­por­tu­ni­ty to talk about their loss, on their own terms, can help them to move for­ward through their grie­ving pro­cess.

If un­sure about how to reach out to so­meone who may need sup­port, check out the “How to Reach Out” sec­tion at www.rea­chout­ The sec­tion offers a va­rie­ty of tips on how to help so­meone going through hard times. “This is a va­luable tool pro­vi­ding stra­te­gies to help prevent sui­cides in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ro­byn Hur­tu­bise, Ma­na­ger of the In­ju­ry Pre­ven­tion Program at the Eas­tern On­ta­rio Health Unit (EOHU). The Coa­li­tion al­so en­cou­rages the pu­blic to par­ti­ci­pate in sa­feTALK trai­ning, which uses the TALK me­thod (Tell, Ask, Lis­ten and KeepSafe) to help a per­son who may be consi­de­ring sui­cide and to re­fer them to the right place for help. A sa­feTALK work­shop will be of­fe­red on Sep­tem­ber 10 in En­glish at the Knox-St. Paul Uni­ted Church at 800 Twelfth Street East in Corn­wall, from 9 am to noon. For fur­ther information, please contact sa­feTALK trai­ner Joanne Le­doux-Mo­sho­nas at 613-933-5845, ext. 223, or by email at mo­sho­nasj@cm­

The Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Coa­li­tion of Cham­plain East is a part­ner­ship made up of 23 or­ga­ni­za­tions from the Ci­ty of Corn­wall, the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Prescott and Rus­sell, the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­gar­ry, and Ak­we­sasne. A list of the par­ti­ci­pa­ting or­ga­ni­za­tions can be found on the web­site.

More information about sui­cide pre­ven­tion can be found at www.rea­chout­now. ca, or contact the Ca­na­dian Men­tal Health As­so­cia­tion at 613-933-5845 or 1-800-4938271. Help can be found at the Men­tal Health Crisis Line at 1-866-996-0991. The EOHU can help as well. Call 613-933-1375 or 1-800267-7120 and ask for Health Line, or visit

The Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Coa­li­tion of Cham­plain East is proud to pro­mote World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day (WSPD),

held on Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015.

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