October 22nd to 24th, Winkler.
On September 30th to October 2nd CASP – Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention held their annual national conference in Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. It was a very inspiring and also sobering conference. There were a variety of workshops and presentations. The most striking presentation for me was the Keynote address from the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair.
It was wonderful to connect with other front line workers that I haven’t seen for a while and it was very nice to see that we had five committee members at the conference! What good participation! Of course, the lunches were amazing.
I really hope we have the opportunity to attend next year and to continue the work in suicide prevention in our region.
A colourful kite soaring above earth, but connected by a string, is a symbol of hope.
“The kite has been a symbol for suicide prevention in Canada,” said Christine Longford, community mental health child/adolescent worker with Southern Health-Santé Sud.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, community groups and local school staff and students in the region will participate in kite-flying events to raise awareness of suicide prevention resources and support. Events are planned in Elie, Portage la Prairie, Carman, Swan Lake First Nation and Winkler.
Longford said the kite shows how important it is for people to be connected to their families, friends and communities even as they pursue their dreams. It can also serve as a way to remember those who died by suicide.
“By bringing various community members and organizations together, we can promote resiliency and encourage conversation around mental wellness, care for each other and stay connected,” said Longford.
“We want to focus on prevention,” she added. “There’s someone out there who will listen.”
She urges anyone who has suicidal thoughts to not be afraid to seek help. The Mental Health Crisis Line is available toll-free at 1-866-588-1697.
For more information, visit suicideprevention.ca
This article was originally posted in The Headlliner. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/headliner/Go-fly-a-kite-on-Sept-10-222188331.html
On September 10th, Southern Health-Santé Sud and Central Youth Suicide Prevention Committee will be partnering with communities and local organizations to increase awareness around suicide prevention. This year’s theme, by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, is: “Hope and Resiliency at Home and Work”. The theme is intended to nurture the ability of families and workplace to support mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
In support of this year’s theme, we invite everyone to strengthen their connections with themselves and to others so they can build strength when life gets difficult. To do this, various community groups and organizations across our region will fly kites to celebrate the day and increase awareness around suicide prevention and mental well-being. Events will take place in Portage la Prairie, Carman, Elie, Swan Lake First Nation and Winkler.
The kites will fly to demonstrate how strength is built when we connect with ourselves and others. The kite string links us all together. The kite also represents the importance of dreaming and maintaining hope in our life. By bringing various community members and organization together we can promote resiliency and encourage conversation around mental wellness, care for each other and stay connected. Individuals flying a kite will give themselves the gift of reflection and renewal while having fun. Kite flying is a symbol of the innocence of our younger years and represents the hopes for our future.
On suicide prevention day, take time to think about your strengths as an individual or as part of a community and begin to nurture your mental wellness.
For more information on sites that will fly kites contact, Genevieve Lefebvre, Healthy Living Facilitator, 204-870-0629 or email email@example.com
In the event that someone is in distress, call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-866-588-1697. For more information on Suicide Prevention Day, visit Suicideprevention.ca.
The Central Youth Suicide Prevention Committee supports youth initiatives in suicide prevention and anti-bullying.
Our most recent photo shoot, we hope to get the rest of our members in at another time!
(From left, standing:) Kyle Maksymyk, Denise Selinger, Leissa Meiness, Vanessa Jamault, Dianna Meseyton-Neufeld, Brenda Miller-Adams, Tressa McLaren, Christine Longford, Ron Falk (Front Row) Jan Boychuk, Kellee Clifford-Bousquet, Genevieve Lefevbre, Sheryl Ross
This article was written by Angela Brown for the Portage Daily Graphic. You can see the original article here:
Fly a kite for Suicide Prevention Day
Portage la Prairie residents and organizations showed their spirit Monday to celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day.
The groups gathered at Republic of Manitobah Park and together created kites with inspiring messages, and took park in a kite flying celebration to recognize the day.
“This is an awesome opportunity for us to get out and raise awareness, and to take time to remember people affected,” said CMHA Central president of the board Brenda Miller-Adams. “There are many people that are affected by the topic of suicide. It’s a great day to be out and showing support for these people.”
About 10 students in Portage Collegiate Institute’s Sources of Strength group also joined in the event.
“They have decorated and made two of the kites and they are here to fly them today to commemorate the day,” said Kellee Clifford-Bousquet, a guidance counsellor at PCI.
See more in Portage Daily Graphic.
This article was written by Vickie Addison for the Pembina Valley Online. You can see the original article here:
Students Let Their Dreams Soar On World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th is observed around the world as World Suicide Prevention Day.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Worker with the Southern Regional Health Authority Christine Longford says it’s a day dedicated to creating awareness and education and an openness to talking about suicide. She adds it’s also a day to commemorate the people we have lost to suicide and to appreciate the struggles the families of these people have gone through.
Longford says the main message they hope to get across with the day is that there are many resources people can use if they find themselves faced with thoughts of suicide. She explains many of these people will feel they are the only ones going through something like this they, and they want them to know they’re not alone.
The message is not only for those with the thoughts of suicide, but also for those who are faced with someone else’s. She says it can be a very scary situation if you find out a friend or loved one is having these thoughts and she gives advice on what these people can do.
“Encouraging the person to talk, asking them questions, encouraging them to express themselves. Be an active listener and engage the person and keeping them safe. So if there are concerns, talk about your concerns for them and take them to the nearest emergency if that’s possible.”
The Southern R.H.A. also has many resources and courses available for those looking to learn more on the subject of how to deal with those thinking about suicide notes Longford. She says it is their goal to have the community united as one in the battle against suicide.
Longford adds she had a booth set up on the grounds of Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler yesterday. The booth held a lot of information for the students on the subject. She adds they also had blank kites set up on which the students could write their hopes and dreams on, and then they could let their dreams soar.
September 5, 2012: Marking World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10 will see the gathering of communities around the world to support those bereaved by suicide, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who died by suicide, to support those who struggle with living, and to renew our commitment to live with dignity, purpose, and meaning.
This year’s theme chosen by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is “All Together – Promoting Resilience in Families and Communities”. In its effort to increase awareness around suicide prevention, the Southern Regional Health Authority will be commemorating the day through various initiatives taking place across the Region.
One of these ways will be to invite all to “fly a kite” in the name of suicide prevention! The kite is a renowned symbol with many interpretations and meanings. Accordingly, on September 10, you are invited to fly or build your own kite and to take the opportunity to connect with people around you as well as those who have passed, to consider the hope and purpose of your life and the importance of staying connected … to keep your feet on the ground while allowing “your head to float in the clouds” giving way to dreams as well as fun and play. Share the meaning of your actions with those around you or just enjoy this time and reflect on the hope and purpose of your own life.
In the event where you would be in distress, call the Mental Health Crisis line at 1-866-588-1697 . For more information on Suicide Prevention Day, visit www. Suicideprevention.ca or speak with any health care provider.
Suicide prevention is a responsibility we all share.