World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th
Pandemic Increases concerns about mental health & suicide
For thethird year, CMHA Saskatoonis raising awareness aboutSaskatchewan’s alarming suicide rates. An outdoor art installation on the lawn of the CMHA Saskatoon Office, at 1301 Avenue P North, features work by Marilyn Irwin, as she chronicles her journey after the death by suicide of her son, MacRae.
Marilyn Irwin, artist, community activist, suicide survivor and MacRae’s mom. “We desperately need more community mental health supports, so people can get the help they need when they need it. Too many people die waiting and families are suffering alone.”
“The release of Pillars for Life, Saskatchewan’s new suicide prevention plan, is a good start to addressing the epidemic suicide rates in our province.” says Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon.CMHA Saskatoon looks forward to continuing our work with the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority as we implement solutions to these preventable tragedies.
Pillars for Lifefocuses on 5 priority areas: 1. Specialized Supports, 2. Training, 3. Awareness, 4. Means Restriction and Means Safety and 5.Research, Surveillance and Evaluation. The plan includes a one government approach, a central focus on prevention, community driven solutions and collaboration with Indigenous and Metis organizations.
Research shows the pandemic and its economic impacts are expected to have large scale mental health effects, including increases in suicide. A recent survey reported that in 2018, 2.5% Canadians reported having suicidal thoughts. In May 2020, a follow-up survey found 6% of Canadians recently experienced thoughts of suicide. *Sources
On September 10th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pmeveryone is welcome to come by and experience the art installation on our lawn and meet Marilyn Irwin. If you are stopping, please wear a mask and keep a physical distance ofat least 3 meters.It’sa day to reflect on coming together to prevent suicide, honour and remember those we’ve lost by suicide, reduce the stigmaabout mental illness and acknowledge that suicide touches everyone.
Media Contact: Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon, cell 306-220-5201
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