- Pay more attention to mental health and well-being and encourage it in others
- Support a loved one/friend/colleague who is living with a mental health issue or illness, who is going through a difficult time, is struggling with suicidal thoughts or has lost a loved one to suicide
- Refrain from using the phrase ‘commit suicide’ or successful suicide and instead say ‘died by suicide’ or ‘suicided’
- Encourage people that its ok to talk about suicide – that they myth by talking about suicide will make so your elected officials to help influence policy that will improve the mental health system and ensure programs exist for all Canadians such as skills groups for individuals who have attempted suicide and suicide bereavement groups
- Take a suicide alertness or intervention training such as SafeTALK or ASIST or Mental Health First Aid. Just like we learn physical first aid skills we can also learn emotional first aid skills. Encourage families/friends/co-workers/faith groups/coaches to take training in your community. Raise funds and host one!
- Host a World Suicide Prevention Day Event in your community if one does not already exist
Although CASP does not offer services where you can help out each week, there are different ways you can help from your home including assisting in the updating of resources, website and educational material, translation, sub-committee help, and by hosting your own fundraising event.
- Website assistance – helping to scan the website for broken links, looking at ways to improve the website
- Attending events if they arise in your area
If you are interested in being added to the CASP volunteer list, please let us know your area, some general areas of interest and any skills you would like us to know about. When opportunities arise, we will send it out to yourself and other potential volunteers.
Email us at [email protected]