Calgary, AB (September 12, 2016): Dr. David Swann made this statement in support of World Suicide Prevention Day:
“This past Saturday marked World Suicide Prevention Day, a day dedicated to helping those who are in such great distress that it seems suicide is the only alternative.
A decision to end one’s life comes for many reasons: loss, addictions, childhood trauma, depression, serious physical illness. These conditions can cause overwhelming feelings of helplessness and despair.
Here in Alberta rates of suicide have become particularly alarming. Our economic situation means many have lost their jobs and are feeling desperate about the future. In the first six months of 2015, Alberta’s suicide rate rose nearly 30%.
Given this surge in suicide, it is more and more likely that all of us will be affected at some point in our lives, whether it be family or friends or coworkers. In response, Alberta needs to provide more professional training and resources for primary care, first responders and the public.
With knowledge, training and support, many suicides can be prevented.
Below are links to resources and information that can help both those suffering from suicidal thoughts and those who are afraid someone they know is thinking about suicide:
- Southern Alberta Crisis Line: 403.266.HELP (4357) http://www.distresscentre.com/get-help/24-hour-support/suicide-prevention-hotline/
- Outside the Southern Alberta area there are several crisis centres. This link has their contact information http://suicideprevention.ca/alberta-crisis-centres/
- Centre for Suicide Prevention https://www.suicideinfo.ca/
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention http://suicideprevention.ca/
- Alberta Health Services Preventing Suicide Among Youth http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/injprev/Page4869.aspx
- Alberta Health Services Preventing Suicide in Adults and Older Adults http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/injprev/page4875.aspx