According to the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year. We may not be able to pinpoint the exact figure, but we do know that each individual suicide is a tragic loss of life. It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to decide that suicide is the only course of action.
How can you participate in World Suicide Prevention Day?
“A wonderful, practical workshop. Good to have a working model that’s easy to follow (with practice).”
– Counsellor, School District #42
Upcoming dates: September 2 and 3 & December 10 and 11. More information and registration.
safeTALK for Everyone
Become suicide alert. An engaging and interactive half-day workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Certificate and participant materials provided.
“Very informative, concise and to the point. I learned skills that could possibly help anyone that might be having suicidal thoughts.”
– Instructor, Douglas College
Upcoming date: Saturday December 5. More information and registration.
safeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T)
safeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T) is a two-day course that prepares attendees to facilitate safeTALK workshops. By completing a T4T, participants will join over 2,500 trainers around the world who provide life-saving suicide alertness skills through safeTALK workshops. The process of becoming a registered safeTALK trainer requires a significant commitment from participants (and their organizations, if applicable). The opportunity to provide life-saving suicide alertness skills is well worth the effort, however.
The dates for this fall are TBD. If you are interested in participating, please email Lu at email@example.com.
Mindfulness Tools for Self-Care
A course for service providers who care for others and want to explore and gain tools for caring for themselves. A valuable resiliency skill, the Crisis Centre has been developing and delivering mindfulness programs for youth and volunteers for the past 7 years. Join us for this half day, practice-based introductory session to explore mindfulness tools that support self-care and well-being.
“Great introduction to mindfulness, and a nice balance of information and practice.” – Youth Worker
Upcoming date: Friday November 27. More information and registration.
This half day follow-up to the ASIST workshop offers the opportunity to renew your ASIST certification for another 2 years. This session is for those who have completed the 2-day ASIST workshop offered at the Crisis Centre prior to August 2013.
Upcoming date: Friday October 23. More information and registration.
Tools to Respond to People in Crisis
Introductory session, participants will learn and apply tools that can help de-escalate crisis situation, identify community resources, and reflect on self-care. More information.]]>
The funds were raised from sales of Pink Shirt Day T-shirts through London Drugs and PinkShirtDay.ca, personal donations and corporate support including a large donation from presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings. As a result, $350,000 was raised to support youth programs in the Lower Mainland.
The Crisis Centre thanks CKNW Orphans’ Fund and all supporters and donors of the 2015 Pink Shirt Day campaign.
For more information on Pink Shirt Day, visit http://pinkshirtday.ca/record-breaking-350000-raised-from-pink-shirt-day/]]>
In 2014, the Crisis Centre connected with over 127,000 individuals through our Community Education and Distress Services programs.
Some highlights of the year include:
• Major improvements in our technology infrastructure including new firewalls, offsite data storage and battery backups to ensure uninterrupted 24/7 service;
• Better ways to utilize our resources to meet the growth of requests from our community while managing mobile compliance and limiting our calls and chats to individuals from BC & Yukon;
• Launching a new Multi‑Session Mindfulness Program for high school students; and
• Increasing the capacity of over 1,000 service providers and community members to recognize and respond to crisis and suicide in their community through training programs such as ASIST and safeTALK.
View the 2014 Annual Report on our Publications page.]]>
Half marathon and 5K race participants can choose to fundraise for a charity while they are training and will receive a 5% discount on their race registration. Start the registration process at the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5K website and choose “Register to Run the Charity Challenge”. You can select the Crisis Centre from the drop-down menu and complete the registration process.
The Running Room has some great tips for running!
If you have any questions, please email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
suicideTALK is a 90-minute session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community.
FREE suicideTALK training on World Suicide Prevention Day 2014!
7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Peter Kaye Room at Vancouver Public Library
safeTALK is a 3 hour training in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Upcoming safeTALK trainings:
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a 2 day course for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Certificate provided.
Upcoming ASIST trainings:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Crisis Centre
For further details on all upcoming training opportunities, please visit: www.crisiscentre.bc.ca/training]]>
Jodi is a Chartered Accountant in the U.S. and Cross Border Taxation Services practice of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG. Prior to obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation, Jodi completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business at the University of Victoria. Jodi has volunteered with a number of not-for-profit organizations, including work in Victoria, Nova Scotia, Uganda and Egypt. In addition, she has worked with several not-for-profit clients at KPMG. Jodi’s accounting and analytical skills, together with her knowledge of not for profit operations, are an asset to the Centre. Jodi’s other interests include dance, hiking and Celtic fiddle.
Jodi joined the Board of Directors in 2006 as Secretary and evolved into the the Secretary Treasurer for the Crisis Centre since 2010, a position Jodi has held for the past 4 years. Jodi helped ensure the Crisis Centre operated with balanced budgets each year.
Please join us in thanking Jodi for her continued leadership and support of the Crisis Centre, as well as welcoming her to the President’s role through to May 2016!]]>
This publication showcases the amazing results of the 2013 calendar year, including stories from volunteers and clients, an overall view of the organization’s audited financial statements, a listing of our generous donors and supporters and a summary of the number of individuals impacted from our services.
You can view the 2013 Annual Report from our Publications section.]]>
Not only do volunteers donate 100% of their time, they undergo vigorous training programs to ensure the services we provide are of the highest caliber. They start every shift with warm hearts and big smiles, ready to support British Columbians through a time of emotional distress or educate youth and community members on mental wellness.
In 2013, our volunteers donated more than 64,000 hours, an approximate donated value of $1.2 million. It is safe to say, without the support of our incredible volunteers, we would not have the resources to provide a 24-hour service, 365 days of the year. THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers! We look forward to celebrating your successes at our Volunteer Appreciation Night later this month.]]>
The day was highlighted by thoughtful speakers, including Kevin Breel, Victoria native and TEDxYOUTH 2013 speaker; Wes Rypien, brother to Rick Rypien, the hockey player who tragically took his own life in 2011, and Kevin Bieksa, hockey player and close friend of Rick Rypien. Musical performers, youth panels, and health care professionals also took the stage to engage in a collective conversation aimed at de-stigmatizing and educating about depression, substance abuse issues, and mental illness.
The Crisis Centre was in full force at the event, engaging with the students and providing “supportive listeners” to those young people who wanted to reach out and chat with someone if they had something on their mind. It was a great opportunity to speak with the young people that our services are created for, as well as be involved in the ever-important dialogue focusing on the mindfulness of British Columbia youth.
Pictured Above: Cindy, Heather, Michael, Brea, and Lindsay
A few of our “Supportive Listener” volunteers, thank you for being there!