World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September, 2004
Examples of local activities submitted from around the world:
Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada China Egypt Finland Germany Hong Kong India Ireland Israel Italy Korea Lithuania Mexico Norway Portugal Romania Samoa Scotland Slovenia Switzerland United Kingdom USA
Argentina: Asociación Argentina de Prevención del Suicidio
We have organised, together with the Buenos Aires University Psychology department, the VIII National Suicide Prevention course, which will take place on September 10th and 11th, 2004. The course will last 15 hours. There will be 6 different groups working simultaneously on the following:
A debate will be held between the National Mental Health Director and 15 non-governmental organisations, which deal with prevention and assistance to suicides and their families all over the country. Prevention programs will be mapped out for all the different provinces. Psychology students will be tutored in prevention, risk evaluation and suicidal potential. Volunteers will be tutored in suicidal prevention. Current investigations on suicide by the Buenos Aires University Psychology department will be presented.
We will present the prevention programmes which will be run by four hospitals in Buenos Aires, the Toxicology service in Rosario and the national universities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba.
Australia: Acton Primary School
We are planning to have a pjama day to raise money and awareness. email@example.com
Australia: Anglicare Southern Queensland - Community Connections Project
Anglicare Southern Queensland (Roma) in conjunction with the Community Connections Project will host a BBQ lunch for public attendance. Following lunch there will be a presentation given by Jessica Denton, coordinator of the Community Connections Project (CCP) outlining the suicide intervetion models employed by the CCP project. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Jessica at Anglicare (52 Arthur Street) on Ph: 61 07 4622 4876 or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australia: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention - AND - Community Action
for the Prevention of Suicide (CAPS)
As part of its commitment to research based and community suicide prevention, and in support of World Suicide Prevention Day, CAPS will be putting on a public breakfast (Sausage Sizzle), which will be cooked by the Queensland Reds Rugby players. The morning will also include a series of speakers including Richard Roberts, President of CAPS, Adam Thompson, musician and former lead singer of mid-90’s chart toppers Chocolate Starfish, Chris Handy (Buddha), former Rugby Union player and motivational speaker, and other representatives from the community who support the cause of suicide prevention. Media releases will be disseminated to radio, newspaper and all Brisbane television news stations the week of the event. The event will take place in King George Square, Brisbane City, from 7am-10am, September 10, 2004 (World Suicide Prevention Day). Jacinta.Hawgood@griffith.edu.au
Australia: Lifeline Mid Coast NSW
Three members of the Hastings Macleay Suicide Prevention Taskforce will be interviewed on local ABC radio about the taskforce activities, local resources, local suicide prevention training available and support groups for people bereaved by suicide. We will publish the Suicide Prevention Helpcard in local papers. email@example.com
Australia: Anglicare Southern Queensland - Community Connections Project
Suicide Awareness Campaigns
Australia: Rotary Suicide Prevention & Care For Life: Suicide Prevention Ass.
A public community meeting will be held to raise awareness on suicide and suicide prevention. Key stakeholders in the area of suicide prevention will be invited to participate. This will be an evening activity. Organisations will be invited to set up and man a stand which provides information on the services that the organisation provides. Information leaflets and material will be available for the community to take away. A series of short presentations with question time, will be held during the evening on a variety of topics, eg. Myths and Facts,Risk Factors, Mental Illness and Depression.
Australia: StandBy Suicide Bereavement Response Service
In conjunction with other local events to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day, StandBy will provide aCommunity Update regarding current activities, including community training programs, of the StandBy Suicide Bereavement Response Service which provides a 24 hour coordinated community response service across the Sunshine Coast-Cooloola Region in Queensland Australia.Information will also be announced, following recent funding support from the Australian Government National Suicide Strategy, about the further development of he StandBy model as a protype for other regions and communities of nterest and potential research opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia: Suicide Prevention Australia
We have all state reps available for interview by media. Some states will bring in their healh ministers.
Our national office of SPA is coordinating the day. as i organised last year, a mention in federal parliamemt (Sen. Bob Brown). And also last year, and we hope in 2004, a Good Morning TV spot with singer Nathan Webster and our chair, Dr. Michael Dudley.
Australia: Sunshine Coast Suicide Prevention Network
We have all state reps available for interview by media. Some states will bring in their healh ministers.
The Sunshine Coast Suicide Prevention Network will host 3 events in the Sunshine Coast region Queensland Australia to recognize WSPD. 1. A Mayoral Community Function in Noosa featuring the SCSPN WSPD Award recognising locaoutstanding contribution to suicide prevention in the local community; the launch of the Head High Young People Living Beyond Suicide Support Group Information Card proving contact information for young people bereaved by suicide and the Murri Network Information Card providing contact information about suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; the launch of a book by bereaved mother Kay Donohue about the loss of her three children to suicide & information from the StandBy service about future plans. 2."Crying on the Inside"-a Suicide Community Awareness Information Session by Jean-Claude Boulenaz in Nambour 3.A fundraising & awareness activity by the Caloundra Living Beyond Suicide Support Group.
University of Adelaide
We have all state reps available for interview by media. Some states will bring in their healh ministers.
Media release entitled 'Uni supports world suicide prevention day' giving local events
DVD titled "Reaching Out": relating stories of bereaved persons will be released. It was produced by the Adelaide-based Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group in conjunction with the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide.
The August edition of the Australian Good Medicine magazine features an article "Without Saying Goodbye", in which people who have lost a loved one to suicide tell of their own experiences and how they have come through such a devastating trauma.
Public meeting for those bereaved through suicide on Wednesday 1 September at Enfield Uniting Church, Adelaide, South Australia
Austria: Viennese Crisis Intervention Center
'Call the Expert' : For this day volunteers working in the psychosocial field are invited ( by letter) to ' call the expert' on topics like crisis, suicide and its prevention, posttraumatic stress disorder, burnout. Besides we will give information to the media about suicide prevention, esp. how to report on suicide. We will provide them once more with the guidelines ' How to Report on suicide', we had been working out when starting our project ' Preventing Suicide by Influencing Mass-media Reporting ' (Etzersdorfer & Sonneck: Arch. Suic. Res. 4 (1998) 67-74).
Belgium: Suicide Prevention Project of the Flemish Mental Health Centres, Steering Group of Flemish-Brabant and Brussels
The aim is to increase awareness for suicide, prevention and postvention. On 10 September we will hold a panel discussion. In the panel there are representatives from the field of suicidology, survivors, media and politics. The target audience consists of the general public, health care and social sector, and policy makers. The audience will have the opportunity to participate. The panel discussion will be followed by a press conference. And during the whole meeting there will be an exhibition of the suicide prevention programme of the Mental Health Centres and the activities of the Working Group on Suicide Survivors.
Brazil: Serviço de Psiquiatria do Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre
We will dedicate 6 hours on September 10th to review important aspects of suicidal behavior in the general hospital. We are planning to give some lectures to the clinical staff (doctors and nurses)and to individuals from the security and administration of the hospital. Our main focus will be on prevention, evaluation and practical management of suicidal-related behavior.
Canada: BC Survivors As Advocates Coalition
Our "veteran" survivors group is quite new. For our first attempt at promoting World Suicide Prevention Day, we have approached our local libraries as well as a couple of local bookstores asking if they will display a poster along with books about suicide and suicide prevention. We will provide them with a poster and a collection of suicide facts, and a short list of book titles that we have found particularly helpful. We will also refer them to SIEC (http://www.suicideinfo.ca/) for a more extensive list of resources. The libraries/bookstores have been most receptive, a learning for us that the stigma/silence surrounding suicide is lessening. We also realize it is an opportunity to work with libraries/bookstores to have good resources re suicide.
Canada: Centre for Suicide Prevention - The Calgary Committee for World Suicide Prevention Day
The Calgary Committee for World Suicide Prevention Day is sponsoring a contest for students residing within the boundaries of the Calgary Health Region. Students are invited to submit an essay, poem, or poster on suicide prevention focusing on the theme "saving lives, restoring hope". http://www.suicideinfo.ca/csp/go.aspx?tabid=156
A resource fair at City Hall: We have invited various local agencies to be on hand to answer questions and distribute information. It is our belief that people dealing with suicide will be more willing to ask for help if they know where help is available.
Media promotion: We have been busy submitting press releases aimed at promoting our resource fair and raising awareness of suicide and the importance of World Suicide Prevention Day.
Canada: Cowichan Tribes - Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre
We are gethering at a "Potluck" luncheon to share a meal. Bringing our people together to "Share in the Light" of suicide prevention. On Friday, September 10/2004- at 12:noon - we will gather, share a prayer, a meal, & continue to join forces so that we can all be stronger, together. Together we are making a difference in the Cowichan Community. Our theme has been sharing in the light...and we will continue to share in the light - so that our people no longer suffer from the affects of suicide, and can live, speak freely, without shame or guilt of suicide and it's affects on their lives...Sharing in the Light!
Canada: Crisis Response & Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Services, Peace Country Health
As one of the partners of the "Men At Risk" project, we are hosting an Open House presentation on the project. The "Men At Risk" project is an innovative workplace and community strategy to reach men employed in the trades, industry and agriculture sectors. In Canada, mental health problems account for more time off work than heart disease, accidents or cancer. Yet the extent of this health problem can remain hidden, jeopardizein the health and safety of employees. The presentation called "Hidden Problems, Hidden Costs" is a luncheon presentation (Noon - 2 p.m. Grande Prairie) that will discuss the "Men At Risk" project. Topics will include:
- the cost to business of mental health problems in the workplace
- the need for the project and project goals
- testimonials from companies who have accessed the project
The project is a suicide prevention strategy that targets the population most at risk for suicide in our area. For more information contact Barb at (780) 539-6680 or Careen at (780) 624-6151.
- How to get a presentation for your worksite
- Information and resources for employees and employers.
Canada: London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council
We have many of the usual events planned for the week including lectures and information displays at the local libraries. This year, however, we are doing something new. We are dedicating a tree and a plaque in the Community Park in memory of those who have died from suicide.The Remembrance Ceremony will include the presentation of a flower to those who have lost someone to suicide in memory of their loved on. In addition,we will be encouraging individuals to feel free to bring a a remembrance of their loved one.
On the dedication plaque will be the following poem.
May these boughs
Kiss the face of the Creator
In memory of those
Who left too soon
By troubled choice
And shelter those who held them close.
To heal -To love - To understand
Dedicated by the London-MIddlesex Suicide Prevention Council -2004
Canada: Prince Edward Island's Provincial Suicide Prevention Committee
Dr. Pam Forsythe, previous Director of Mental Health Services for PEI, now works as a staff psychiatrist with Community Mental Health Services in St. John, New Brunswick. She will headline the panel with a presentation entitled, "Why Men Don't Ask for Directions: Help Seeking Behaviors in Men Under Stress". Dr. Forsythe explains, "Rates of psychiatric illness and unfortunately, suicide are high in men. But fewer men approach health care professionals about their problems". She adds, "this will be an overview of common psychiatric problems for men with discussion on how to improve access to appropriate services".
Dr. Forsythe will be joined by Elaine Gaudet, who will share her experiences as a survivor of suicide. Also participating on the panel will be a member of the Summerside Police Dept. speaking on their role in responding to a person at risk of suicide and Dawne MacDougall, a nurse on the QEH Crisis Response Team, who will talk about risk factors associated with suicide and how family and/or friends can help a person at risk.
The panel presentation will be held in the Lecture Theater at Holland College's Charlottetown Centre on Thursday September 9th from 7-9 pm. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted to offset expenses. For more information on the event or to learn more about suicide prevention activities in your area, contact CMHA's Suicide Prevention Program at 628-3669 or e-mail email@example.com
Canada: The Support Network
'The Support Network, Edmonton, Alberta- invites you to join our Third Annual Suicide Awareness March in honor of lives lost to suicide. The march will be held on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, 2004, an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention in collaboration with The World Health Organization. If you would like to walk in honor of someone and wish to have a photograph of that person scanned onto our memorial banner please contact Theresa King at (780) 482-0198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada: Toronto Suicide Information Alliance
September 5th hosting "From the Heart"after 11:00 church service at MCCT church in Toronto. A display of TSIA libray books and resources on suicide prevention while showing the video "Reaching out with Hope" .At 1pm we will will have a special suicide awareness presentation facilitated by Rosemary Hardwick chair and trainer from TSIA with her paper Bringing youth voices out of the closet: are you asking the right questions to prevent lesbain gay bisexaul transgendered questioning youth suicide?" along with guest speakers Karyn Dwyer Actor from film "Better than chocolate" and roz proud mother of gay son who spirit will be with us. tsia@rogers .com
China: Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center
We are currently planning the following activities:
1. A 5-day conference on depression and suicide in university students in China. Several prominent international experts will attend the meeting. 2. On the opening day of the meeting (8th September) we will have a press conference with representatives from several agencies present. 3. We will hold a big 'free counselling' event on the 10th in a central plaza in Beijing. We held a similar event last year and attracted more than 3000 participants (and a lot of press attention).
Egypt: Befrienders International (Cairo)
We are holding a press conference today to talk about World Suicide Prevention day and will have articles in magazines and programmes on radio and television as well.
Finland: The Finnish Association for Mental Health
The FAMH will arrange a press meeting about the day and about the suicide prevention in Finland nowadays. We will arrise public awareness about the possibilities of the suicide prevention and about helping the relatives and friends after their love one has committed a suicide.
We also have a half-day conference about the situation in Finland. It is aimed for professionals in this area.
08-09-2004 we have had a massmedia-conference with print media and television. Our main topic was the suicide prevention for young people. Colleagues of the agency for suicidal adolescents "neuhland" ( www.neuhland.de ) and the crisis intervention service of berlin together with the director of a big psychiatric hospital for children and adolescent in berlin presented their service for young people and adults. We focussed on an improvement of working-together in between different agencies, clinics and professions for a better help for people. We discussed the activities of the National Suicide Prevention Program. Also we presented some experiences of our counselling work with suicidal young people.
The massmedia conference was also the kick off for a new established co-operation between the agency for suicidal young people "neuhland" and the psychiatric clinic for children and youth. Starting now there will be established a co-operation programm to visit young people on the emergency ward of general hospitals.
On 10-09-2004 we invite relatives of young people to inform them about suicidal behaviour and how to cope with suicidal problems.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, The University
of Hong Kong
We have invited Dr. Jose Manoel Bertolote, the Coordinator of Management of Mental and Brain Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, to give a presentation on “WHO’s global initiative on suicide prevention”. The presentation will focus on treatment for depression, ways to prevent suicide, and views on mass media and suicide.
Dr. Jose Manoel Bertolote’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on “Local perspective: how to act locally?”. Local experts of different professionalisms are going to express their views and ideas on how to contribute their efforts to suicide prevention in HKSAR. Dr Christine Loh, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Exchange Ltd. will be the moderator.
The event will be held on 9 Sept, from 15:30 to 18:00, at Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, The University of Hong Kong. The seminar is free to attend. Should you like to know more about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. April Yeung on (852) 2241-5587 or email to: email@example.com. You can also visit our website: http://firstname.lastname@example.org to get further information of our Centre.
The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong,
Suicide Prevention Services, The Samaritans
Three voluntary organizations of suicide prevention service --- The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, Suicide Prevention Services, The Samaritans 24 Hour Multi-lingual Suicide Prevention Hotline, will jointly hold a press conference on 9 September 2004. The aim is to raise the public awareness on suicide prevention, encourage the public to care for the people around them and promote volunteer participation on suicide prevention service. The conference will cover the history and development of suicide prevention service in Hong Kong as well as the important role played by volunteers. Some volunteers will also share their volunteering experiences in hotline and other suicide prevention or life education projects so as to call for more volunteers’ participation.
India: Maithri - Suicide prevention center, Kochi (Cochin), Kerala
Maithri, Kochi in association with Indian Medical Association carried out a seminar on matters related to suicide prevention in Kochi. Also, Maithri's new website (http://www.maithrikochi.org/) was launched during the function.
The Seminar topics included: (1) Saving Lives and Restoring Hope (2) Care of the Elderly (3) Media contributions to suicide prevention.
The new website is an effort to reach out to despairing individuals (especially those who belong to Kerala) and encourage them to seek emotional help. Statistics on Kerala and India suicides is also available.
The meeting conducted on 10th September was well attended, and we are sure that we have strengthened suicide awareness among people of Kochi through it.
We are planning to have a press release and planning to distribute pamplets throughout the city by our volunteers by using our van. We are also thinking about other awareness programmes. We are planning to get in touch with the mobile phone providers and make them send SMS to all their mobile users about WSPD.
Sneha is planning a city-wide walk on the 5th of Septmeber which falls on a Sunday. We are planning to involve the local schools also and are in the process of contacting the authorites.
Ireland: The 3Ts - Turning the Tide of Suicide
In Dublin, The 3Ts (Turning the Tide of Suicide) will host a Candlelight Vigil in the city centre to commemorate the many lives that have been lost in Ireland through Suicide both this year and in the past. The Vigil is open to all who have lost loved ones or who have been touched in some way by suicide. Joining the Vigil are key speakers and the Dublin Welsh Male Choir,to mark the day with music, song, poetry and a moment's silence. Venue: Bank of Ireland (Forecourt), College Green, Dublin 2 Time: 7.30pm - 9pm. email@example.com
ERAN activities during Suicide Prevention Awareness week, September 5-10 2004: ERAN, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Health and the Israeli Association for the Prevention of Suicide, will hold a week long campaign to raise public awareness to the problem of suicide and its prevention. - On Sunday, September 5th, the Minister of Health will hold a press conference, announcing the beginning of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week and the different activities included in it. - A clip will be shown repeatedly on television, starring a prominent POP singer who in the past expressed suicidal thoughts in his songs and is now a bit older and wiser. The clip will encourage suicidal people to call ERAN’s hotline to discuss their suicidal feelings. - A special expert line will be opened during this week and will be advertised in the media. The expert line will receive calls from the public 5 days a week, 3 hours daily. The line will be operated in ERAN by ERAN staff, who will refer the calls to a team of specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who will be hosted in ERAN posts. The specialists will man the line voluntarily, in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and Spanish. - ERAN in Haifa, headed by Mr. Yitzhak Perry (s.w.) will hold a conference on September 8th under the title: “Suicide, prevention and ethical dilemmas”, the conference will host a number of prominent scholars in those fields. The conference is designed for professionals in the field of Mental Health and for ERAN volunteers from Haifa and Karmiel. - ERAN will call in its volunteers to add an extra shift during Suicide Prevention Week, to respond to a larger number of calls expected as a result of the public campaign.
Israel: Ministry of Health
Hold a special meeting of the comitee for suicide prevention (ministry of Health) recruit the P.R. of both ministry of Health & Education activities. Press Conference, Special one day open line to experts. A letter to Minister of Health by a bereaved parent to get public resources
Italy: Telefono Amico Torino
To celebrate forty years uninterrupted, twenty four hours a day service, by young volunteers, Turin’s Telefono Amico together with the "Assessorato Alle Politiche Sociali" and the "Famiglia della Regione Piemonte" have organised the conference entitled: "Love Life ......it’s a word! (forty years of suicide prevention by Turin’s Telefono Amico)". The event is set for the 29th September in Turin, at the Piedmont Regional congress rooms in Corso Stati Uniti. The following will participate as speakers: -Dr. Alessandro Meluzzi, psychiatrist; -Prof. Padre Domenicano Valerio Ferrua, Lecturer in Cult history at the University of Turin; -Management of the Turin Centre, who will comment on data on suicide and the situations of unease and personal suffering which, according to our experience, seem to forego this choice.
-We are waiting for confirmation from Psychiatrist Paolo Crepet and author Guido Ceronetti who have also been invited.
Korea: Korean Association for Suicide Prevention
Greeting the WSPD 2004 presented by IASP and WHO on Sept 10th 2004 we are going to hold the "Suicide Prevention Day" commemoration and events as a publicity work for the Korean Government and people. In this event the Minister of Health and Welfare and religious, medical, educational and leaders will be present.
In Lithuania on the WSPD:
I. From government:
BBC NEWS: interview with Health Minister, psychiatrist and one patient;
Lithuanian News: ELTA interview with Healt Minister and Danute Gailiene.
II. More initiatives show NGO and individual:
1. Vilnius University and VU Emergency Hospital for all emergency medicine workers, open lecture, 6 papers.
2. In Kaunas, for schoolchild action "Stop, Look around", and
3. for students, action "Lets seek the hope together"; from Psychology Junior center.
4. Open lecture, "About Suicide and SU Prevention"; Psychology Telephon line, Vilnius.
5. The republican conference of Suicidology Association.
6.Information about WSPD in dayly press, month special magasine: Psychology for You; Lithuania Health
Lithuania: State mental Health Centre
State Mental Health Centre has among its responsibilities the prevention of suicide in the country. The Centre participates in the National suicide prevention programme by supervising web site: www.savizudybes.lt for suicide prevention, created in 2003.
On the World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September, the forum Asking for help will take place on the website. Our specialists are going to answer your inquiries and help to unravel sore subjects.
The Centre has circulated info-pack about World Suicide Prevention Day to all the schools providing general education in Vilnius, the Capital of Lithuania. The teachers were presented fact files on the main aspects of child and adolescent suicide prevention and available help sources.
Mexico: Internistitutional Net for the Suicide Prevention in the State of Jalisco
The Interinstitutional Net for Suicide prevention was conformed 2 years ago. 32 Institutions and organization (government, educational, privet and social are involved). A political event with all Institutions directors persided by the State Governor will be present (Mondey 6). A siposium directed to mass media will be held on thursday 9). 10 thousend brochres will be distributed an 100 posters throuhgout the state. Constan participation on mass media will be held. We are using the modo an information by AISP an WHO materials. Our State, although in 14 place on suicide in Mexico is very receptive to the theme. http://salme.jalisco.gob.mx
Norway: Suicide Research and Prevention Unit, University of Oslo and Regional resource centres for suicide prevention, and Norwegian Organisation for Suicide Survivors
-Public meetings for young people focussing on youth suicide and suicide survivorship.
-Public meeting with open lectures:
- Effective suicide prevention.
- What can you do if a friend or family member is depressed or suicidal?
In Oslo the prime minister will participate.
During the meetings NGOs will present their services to depressed and suicidal people.
Portugal: Núcleo de Estudos do Suicídio - Serviço de Psiquiatria do Hospital de Santa Maria
We are planning to make a communication to the written press, on prevention perspective, with the results of a study about the pacients´ health care evaluation on suicidal behaviours, in Portugal. We are also planning television presentations about adolescents´suicidal behaviour prevention.
Romania: Alianta Antisuicid (ASA)
We wiil organize a Conference with 100 GP and psychiatrist collegues. The conference will be followed by a press conference interwiew regarding the importance of suicide prevention in schols etc. Will be underlined the media importance about the bad news announcement.
Samoa: Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health
There are 3 activities planned in Samoa. The first activity is a workshop for youth focusing on suicide prevention and ways to cope with problems. The second activity is a workshop for the media on appropriate reporting of suicide. The third activity is a TV panel discussion on suicide prevention on a national Sunday discussion show.
Scotland: Choose Life (A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland)
Choose Life, Scotland’s national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland, will be undertaking a week of awareness raising activity between 5th – 11th September, this activity will culminate on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September with Choose Life local coordinators in all 32 of Scotland’s local authority areas organising some form of awareness raising activity. These activities range from Suicide awareness campaigns - Media presentations, interviews etc – The official launch of local suicide prevention action plans – information stalls/seminars – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) suicide awareness talks, and workshops. For details of what is going on in your local area please contact your Choose Life local coordinator, details available from www.wellontheweb.net
Slovenia: Institute of Public health of the Republic of Slovenia
We plan to conduct wide public awareness activities three days prior to 10th september. We will distribute material (leaflets) on suicide, how and where to seek for help, prepare lectures on suicide for broader public, round tables. Also other PR activities will take place such us radio and TV shows and interviews. On 10th september there will also be a press conference.
Switzerland: PARSPAS - Association pour la prévention du suicide en Valais
Le thème principal du congrès est conçu dans un ses large incluant à la fois la crise suicidaire précédant le passage à l'acte, mais également l'accompagnement et l'aide post-crise ou en cas de deuil. La journée de samedi s'adresse à toutes les personnes concernées à l'entourage au sens large, mais elle constitue aussi un lieu propice à l'échange entre les intervenants et professionnels concernés, travailleuses et travailleurs du secteur médical, social, des institutions, des groupes d'entraides, d'associations, etc.
United Kingdom: Health Promotion Department
The Western Health & Social Services Board, North West Belfast Trust, Belfast Education & Library Board supported by the Department of Health Social Services & Public Safety are texting all 15 -24 year old people throughout Northern Ireland on their mobile phones with the message:
Did you know today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or a friend are feeling down, you're not alone. Go to www.headsawayjustsay.com This message will be backed up with a television and radio campaign showing the Heads Away Just Say advertisement aired throughout Northern Ireland in March of this year. firstname.lastname@example.org
USA: Owensboro Kentucky U.S. Suicide Prevention Task Force
Owensboro, Kentucky is a city of aprox. 75,000 A task force was formed 6 mos. ago National Suicide Prevention Week and Day will be our first community activity. Dr. Paul Quinnette of the QPR Institute will be comming to owensboro on Sept. 7th to present training to Physicians and a full day of training for professionals. On Sept 10th the Mayor and other city/count officials will read a proclaimation, a QPR gatekeeper training will be held for the general public, A survivors panel will be followed by a question and ans. session followed by a memorial service. Information on depression, referal sourses and other related materials will be available. We are asking the local media to provide both pre and post event coverage.
USA: Puget Sound Suicide Awareness Day
We are hosting an awareness day at a local stadium with speakers, walkers carrying shoes in memory of the one they lost to suicide (shoes will then be donated to a homeless shelter). There will be informational booths around the track such as the Crisis Clinic, Griefworks and others. We will have speakers as a part of the program. Our event will be Sep 12 from 1-4pm at Federal Way Memorial Stadium in Federal Way, WA. Our website is www.auburnsos.com/pssad.
USA: Screening for Mental Health, Inc. outside of Boston, Massachusetts
Our non-profit organization is planning a nationwide public education campaign, including the launch of a new website (www.StopASuicide.org) as part of World Suicide Prevention Day this September.