Let's connect and reflect to reduce stigma together. You're not alone.
September 10, 2023 is World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. In Eeyou Istchee, let’s connect and reflect, to continue healing and hold each other strong. You matter, and you’re not alone.
Suicide can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide prevention can be a difficult and painful conversation to have with your family and friends.
Let’s support each other to have honest discussions about mental distress, and reduce the stigma together.
If you're struggling, it's okay to ask for help. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, sad or anxious, you can get help from your CMC, police or fire department.
This year, Miywaashiu Pimaatisiiwin in Chisasibi is offering safeTALK training with support from the Cree Health Board’s Maanuuhiikuu team and Ellen Joyner, Public Health PPRO (injury prevention).
safeTALK training aims to give community members tools to help people in distress by using the TALK steps (tell, ask, listen and keep safe).
The training is offered this year to JBES students 15 and older, parents, and other community members on September 8.
"Light a flame of hope" Candle Vigil
The Maanuuhiikuu team invites everyone in Eeyou Istchee to join a candlelight vigil at 8:00 pm on September 10.
Please take a moment to light a candle in your home to remember every person we have lost to suicide.
Maanuuhiikuu also invites people to display blue and yellow ribbons on Sunday, September 10, as a symbol of solidarity for everyone who has been affected by suicide.
Mental Health Resources
A meaningful conversation with a friend or family member may be exactly what someone needs to jumpstart the healing process.