World Suicide Prevention Day 2022
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is a global event, the goal of which is to make sure everyone knows that suicide can be prevented.
The event was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization. Every year, over 60 countries participate with educational events and campaigns.
The slogan of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is “Creating Hope Through Action”; by listening to survivors and those affected by suicide, sharing resources, and advocating for systemic changes in suicide prevention, we can create a future where every person experiencing suicidal thoughts feels supported and finds hope.
There are various ways you can participate in World Suicide Prevention Day with the Crisis Centre of BC:
- Attend a virtual or in-person event (see below)
- Make a donation
- Become a volunteer
- Register for a safeTALK or Applied Suicide Skills Intervention Training course
The following are a few statistics about suicide in British Columbia and across Canada:
- 10 Canadians die by suicide each day, with up to 200 others attempting suicide, making it the 9th leading cause of death in Canada (Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, 2022).
- Between 2020 and 2022, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death for British Columbians between the ages of 19 and 39 (BCCDC, 2022).
- Suicide creates an aftershock for those who knew the person; up to 100 people can be left affected by the death. This means over 400,000 Canadians are bereaving suicide loss each year (Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention, 2022).
The Crisis Centre of BC, working with the BC Crisis Lines Network, provides immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support and follow-up through 24/7 phone lines and online services. The Centre also provides education and training programs that promote mental wellness and equip schools, organizations, and communities to assist people at risk of suicide.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact us:
- Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (no area code required)
- Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
- Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
- Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)
How to Support Someone Who’s Attempted Suicide: Free Webinar
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Overcoming a suicide attempt can be challenging – both for the person who attempted and for those in the person’s life. We often struggle with stigma and fear of not knowing what to do or what to say. Join us for a free webinar and learn about what you can say when you learn someone has attempted suicide.
Gathering for Suicide Loss Survivors
Saturday, September 10, 2022
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
The event will offer a healing sound bath, a meditative and relaxing experience where one is “bathed” in sound waves from singing bowls and gongs. After the sound bath, there will be time for social connections and food/drink.
This event is for anyone who has experienced a suicide loss and who wants to join others in building a supportive community of survivors.
safeTALK: Free for the BC Community
Monday, September 26, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources that can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps.
This free safeTALK is for those for whom the usual fees are a barrier. Limited space is available.
How to Create a Mindfulness-Based Practice to Support Your Wellbeing: Free Webinar
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Mindfulness has been found to aid in the reduction of stress, anxiety, depression and anger, and to support one’s nervous system and immune functioning. The benefits of practicing mindfulness for overall health and well-being are limitless.
Join us for this 45-minute webinar where you will be invited to investigate different mindful exercises in order to find your perfect fit.
Make a Donation
Our phone lines rang 93,955 times last year and we are experiencing a 38% increase in call volume compared to pre-pandemic.
- 99.5% of calls to BC crisis lines are safely de-escalated by volunteers and staff crisis responders
- Crisis lines saved BC taxpayers $10.4 million in hospital and urgent mental health response and $47,891,000 in police attendance
- Our volunteer responders contributed 34,539 hours of frontline support in suicide prevention
Consider joining other individuals and organizations who prioritize mental health and suicide prevention by donating for World Suicide Prevention Day.