Resources to Help Take Action 

Dear Community of Practice Members,

Amidst the busyness and excitement that comes each year with September, we invite you to take a few moments to reflect on how you can help reach out to individuals in need of support and get even better at creating campus and community conditions where everyone thrives. 

A message from the Mental Health Commission of Canada:

Each year on September 10, a commitment to saving lives brings together communities from across Canada and around the world. Since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has served as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme — Reaching Out and Saving Lives Across Canada — encourages all of us to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.
Showing care and concern to someone who may be thinking of suicide can make all the difference. Asking them whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact. Asking about suicidal thoughts or intent does not result in suicide. Isolation increases the risk of suicide, so being there for someone can be life-saving.

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To reach out to Canadians and help save lives, the Mental Health Commission of Canada created on online “wall” that will collect personal messages of hope and recovery to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and help is available.


Awareness Days


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Did You Know?

According to results from the National College Health Assessment in 20139.5% of student respondents reported that they had seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months, 6.6% self-harmed and 1.3% attempted suicide
In a recent webinar organization by the Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit Collaborative, important statistics from the "Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey" report were highlighted. 

Helpful Resources

Below is a spotlight on a few resources specific to suicide prevention and fostering social connectedness and inclusion, which are key protective factors and community qualities that promote wellbeing. Don't forget to review the National Guide to a Systemic Approach for additional ideas.

In addition to these resources, you may be interested in taking a few moments to watch (or share) this 3 minute video with Dr. Kathleen Stephany on common myths about suicide, and what you can do to help someone at risk.
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Dr. Jennifer White's List of Favourite Suicide Prevention Resources

Organized by topic, this PDF includes Jennifer’s notes and links to articles, websites, guidelines and projects that she has found particularly interesting and useful. As a an expert in suicide prevention and with a longstanding connection to the HM | HC community, her resource list is sure to be relevant for various stakeholders working (or learning) in the post-secondary context. 

PlanH Action Guide on Social Connectedness

"A socially connected community is a place where everyone feels like they belong. It’s a place where people know their neighbours and feel motivated to get involved, build relationships, and contribute to the creation of strong social networks... And, it’s a place where all planning and strategic initiatives take social connectedness into account." (PlanH Website)

While PlanH resources have been developed for municipal governments as their primary audience, there are suggestions for planning, policies, and programs that can be readily adapted to the campus context.

Action Tips for Allies of Trans People

This info sheet includes “actions tips that can be used as you move toward becoming a better trans ally. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and cannot include all the ‘right’ things to do or say—because often there is no single, easy, or ‘right’ answer to every situation a person might encounter! Hopefully this list will provide you with food for thought and a starting place as you learn more about trans people, gender identities/presentations, and gender differences.”

To learn more, you can also check out the Trans 101 webinar organized by the Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit Collaborative.

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Beyond the Blues: Eduction and Screening Days 

Beyond the Blues is an annual fall campaign featuring fun, free education events led by community agencies across BC.

Purpose: to help people start conversations about mental health and substance use, including how to prevent problems and when and how to get help

Why Get Involved?

• Access to a ton of free resources (113K+ pieces last yr!)
• Entirely free
• You may already be doing events anyway for Mental Illness Awareness Week/Month

Testimonial from a Campus Site Planner

"Participating in Beyond the Blues allows us to engage in broader conversations with students and creates and environment of acceptance as well as curiosity about mental wellness. The screenings are useful for both the students and the counsellors in terms of opening dialogue about their mental health and has the beginnings of establishing the rapport needed to effectively support students."

What Events are Eligible?

• Held in October/November*
• Free to attend
• Drop-in
• Has a start and end time
• Focuses on one or more of our topic areas: well-being, stress, mood, anxiety, risky drinking
• Offering screening = optional
• Audience can be general or targeted


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