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World Suicide Prevention Day Events

On September 10th, we invite you to participate in local World Suicide Prevention Day Events. Below is a list of events being held across Canada.

If you are hosting an event, please add it to our list by pressing the button below and filling out the form.

Les événement de la Jounrnée mondiale de prévention du suicide

Le 10 septembre, nous vous invitons à participer à l’un des événements locaux de la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide. Voyez la liste ci-dessous, des événements qui auront lieu au Canada.

Si vous organisez un événement, nous vous invitons à l’ajouter à notre liste en cliquant sur le bouton ci-dessous pour compléter le formulaire.

Find Events Across Canada / Trouvez les événements partout au Canada

National Events

Mysterious Barricades Cross-Canada Concert for Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Hope
Organized by: 
Mysterious Barricades Concert Society
Date: September 10th, 2017
Time: 6:30 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description: From sunrise in St. John’s NL to sunset in Victoria BC, on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, a 21-hour concert of hope and awareness will grace a sequence of stages across Canada. Featuring Canada’s finest professionally trained musicians and performers, this concert will raise awareness of the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health, between the darkness of depression and the light of hope, between life and death. In partnership with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Canadian Mental Health Association, this free concert will encourage public discourse about the prevalence of suicide and measures for suicide prevention, encourage the formation of community by those impacted by suicide, and raise funds for education and support of those at risk and those impacted by suicide. The entire concert event will be livestreamed.

Information regarding this project, including the sequence of fifteen concerts, cities, venues and performers, is available at www.mysteriousbarricades.org.

The concert in Victoria will take place on August 22, and the concerts in St John’s and Halifax will be held on September 8. The recordings will be streamed in series with the twelve concerts that will be performed live on September 10.

For full details visit the event website: www.mysteriousbarricades.org

Alberta

Brooks

World Suicide Prevention Day Community Event
Organized by: Full Circle Foundation for Wellness
Date: September 8th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description: Join us Friday September 8th from 11am-1pm for a community event!
In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day
…Take a minute to:
Connect, Relax, Nourish, Rejuvenate & Caffeinate
Free BBQ & yoga in the park!

For full details visit the event website: Facebook Event Page

Calgary

Straight Talk: Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop
Organized by: Centre for Suicide Prevention
Date: September 12th, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Age: For adults
Description: This half-day workshop is for people working with youth ages 12 to 18.

For full details visit the event website: www.suicideinfo.ca

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
Organized by: Centre for Suicide Prevention
Date: September 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Age: For adults
Description: This 3.5 hour workshop alerts someone to warning signs indicating risk of suicide.

For full details visit the event website: www.suicideinfo.ca

Tattered Teddies: Preventing Suicide in Children
Organized by: Centre for Suicide Prevention
Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 1:oo p.m.
Age: For adults
Description: This half-day workshop will examine warning signs in a child and intervention strategies.

For full details visit the event website: www.suicideinfo.ca

World Suicide Prevention Day
Organized by: Bow Valley College
Date: September 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: 
Bow Valley College, 2nd floor, South Campus
345 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4V1
Age: For adults
Description: Bow Valley College Counselling and Wellness will be hosting an information booth from 8:30 am and 1:00 pm on Friday September 8, 2017 to share information on how to seek help for yourself or another that may be thinking of suicide. Tips on where to go, who to call and what to say to someone who may be feeling suicidal and what to do if you have suicidal thoughts.

We will also have a Special Guest Speaker:
Bruce Covernton (former Grey Cup Champion and Stampeder Football player)
10:30 am will give a presentation (in S2009) on his own experiences with suicide and the important work he does in the community to raise awareness for the prevention of suicide and support survivors and their families.

Lloydminster

Walk of Remembrance
Organized by: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 3:oo p.m.
Age: All agers
Description:

You are invited to join the Lloydminster & District Walk of Remembrance
to honor the memory of those we have lost to suicide.

  • Guest Speakers
  • Resources & Information
  • Music & Friendship
  • A Time to Visit & Share a Special Memory of your Loved One

Snacks and refreshments available at the Group Picnic Shelter following the walk (Please Bring Your Lawn Chair)

Event location:
Bud Miller Park
59th Ave & 29th Street
Lloydminster, Alberta T9V 3B7

Medicine Hat

World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 BBQ
Organized by: Regional Suicide Prevention Council
Date: September 8th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description: 3rd Annual BBQ in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day. Besides yummy food, other activities will include a gratitude board, memorial candles to take home, and suicide awareness resources and supports available.

Event location:
Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park
1 St SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 7Z6

More event information: Facebook Event Page

British Columbia – Colombie-Britannique

Courtenay

safeTALK – suicide prevention training
Organized by:
Canadian Mental Health Association – Mid Island Branch
Date: September 12th, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Age: For Adults
Cost: $10
Description: In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, September 10, the Canadian Mental Health Association Mid Island is offering safeTALK, a half-day training workshop in suicide alertness, for the reduced rate of $10 per person. More than 50,000 people in 20 countries attend safeTALK each year and learn to:
-Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
-Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
-Connect them to life saving community supports and resources

For full details visit the event page: Facebook Event Page

Duncan

Suicide Prevention – What You Need to Know
Organized by: Canadian Mental Health Association – Mid Island Branch
Date: September 12th, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Age: All ages
Description: Join suicide prevention trainer, Judy North, for an hour discussion about suicide prevention and learn:
Why an individual considers suicide
What the clues are that indicate someone is considering suicide
What you can do to help

For full details visit the event page: Suicide Prevention – What You Need to Know

Nanaimo

Soles Remembering Souls
Organized by: Vancouver Island Crisis Society
Date: September 10th, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Age: All ages
Description: This years soles remembering souls event is themed around healing. Healing through connection, healing through movement, healing through music and healing through reflection. Our goal this year is to have as many people as possible share with us the journey of healing that they have been experiencing. We also hope to help those who are still early in the healing process find more ways to do so, as well as create a healing environment for all attendees through connection with others who may be going through what they are. We will have live music, food and a beautiful setting to bring it all together in a way that makes everyone feel included and comfortable.

For full details visit the event page: Soles Remembering Souls

Ucluelet

safeTALK – suicide prevention training
Organized by:
Canadian Mental Health Association – Mid Island Branch
Date: September 14th, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Age: For Adults
Cost: $10
Description: In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, September 10, the Canadian Mental Health Association Mid Island is offering safeTALK, a half-day training workshop in suicide alertness, for the reduced rate of $10 per person. More than 50,000 people in 20 countries attend safeTALK each year and learn to:
-Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
-Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
-Connect them to life saving community supports and resources

For full details visit the event page: Facebook Event Page

Victoria

safeTALK – suicide prevention training
Organized by:
Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division (Victoria Office)
Date: September 22nd, 2017
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Age: For Adults
Cost: Free
Description: Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. In safeTALK, which is a half-day suicide prevention workshop, participants, regardless of
 prior experience or training, will gain knowledge about how to help a person that is thinking about suicide connect to the support they require. In the safeTALK training participants will learn to:
Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
• Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, then
• Connect them to life-saving community supports and resources.

For full details visit the event page: Event Page

Manitoba

New Brunswick – Nouveau-Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador – Terre-Neuve & Labrador

Northwest Territories – Territoires du Nord-Ouest

Nova Scotia – Nouvelle-Écosse

Nunavut

Ontario

Ajax

Steve Turner Memorial Tournament
Organized by: Conquer Stigma
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Age: For Teens & Adults
Description: Memorial Soccer Tournament for Stephen Turner, member of the Ajax Soccer Community, who lost his battle with depression on September 9th 2013, dying by suicide. Conquer Stigma is an organization here to help raise awareness of mental health, focusing on depression and suicide, to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

For full details visit the event website: https://www.conquerstigma.com/

Caledon

Caledon Walk for Suicide Prevention Day
Organized by: Caledon’s Suicide Prevention Working Group
Date: September 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description: Come join the community in a light walk to raise awareness on suicide prevention initiatives created in the community.
There will be activities for children and families along the walk as well as refreshments afterwards.
The purpose is to bring the community together to talk and socialize while assisting with information and contacts for individuals in crisis.

Event details:
6215 Old Church Rd
Caledon Trail – Between Airport Rd and Innis Lake Rd, Caledon East
Caledon East, Ontario L7C 1J7

Haldimand

World Suicide Prevention Day Haldimand
Organized by: Community Members/True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program
Date: September 10, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Age: All ages
Description: The Community is hosting a Walk and Candle Lighting
From True Experience
(201 Forest Ave. E., Dunnville)
Walk through Dunnville to Central Park
Gathering for music, speakers and a BBQ
Candle lighting starts at 7:45 p.m.
There are a limited number of free event t-shirts for those who register early.

For full details visit the event website: https://www.facebook.com/WSPDHaldimand/?ref=ts&fref=ts

North Bay

Take a Minute, Change a Life
Organized by: Canadore College
Date: September 8th, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description:  College Drive, Commerce Court, Aviation, as well as West Parry Sound will all have events happening. We will be encouraging students to write out their moments for ‘Take a minute, Save a life’ as well as providing information on how they can contribute to suicide prevention through our custom P.R.E.V.E.N.T bookmarks.

For full details visit the event website: Facebook Event Page

Ottawa

Celebrate Life with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the National Inuit Youth Council
Organized by:
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Date: September 8, 2017
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Age: All ages
Description: Please join Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the National Inuit Youth Council on Friday, September 8th from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm on the steps of Parliament Hill to Celebrate Life and to recognize World Suicide Prevention Day (Sun. Sept. 10). There will be throat singing, Inuit style square dancing, community games, country food, bannock and more!

Event Facebook Page: Link to Event Facebook Page

Oxford County

Oxford County World Suicide Prevention Day Event
Organized by: Oxford County Suicide Prevention Team
Date: September 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Age: All ages
Description: Come out to ‘Take and Minute and Change a Life’ on Sunday September 10, 2017 in Woodstock!
Join us at Southside Park (rain location: St. Mary’s High School) for free pizza, interactive activities, community resources, and live music!
There will also be a Sand Memorial activity to honour and remember our loved ones affected by suicide.

Event location:
Southside Park (Rain Location: St. Mary’s Catholic High School)
192 Old Wellington St. South (Southside Park)
431 Juliana Drive (St. Mary’s), Ontario Woodstock

Strathroy

Suicide Awareness Seminar
Organized by: CMHA Middlesex
Date: September 11, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Age: Adults
Description: This free presentation will discuss statistics, warning signs, general resources and some of the promising research into the effectiveness of blocking the method when helping people at risk. Register by going to www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/learn and clicking on the link for ‘Register for a Workshop’.

For full details visit the event website: http://www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/learn

Sudbury

Sudbury World Suicide Prevention Day Community Butterfly Release, BBQ and Concert in the Park
Organized by:
 North East Suicide Prevention Network
Date: September 10th, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Age: All ages
Description: World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) takes place every year on September 10th, which is a date recognized internationally as a day to bring awareness to suicide prevention and postvention, and to also recognize those lost to suicide and those left behind. The North East Suicide Prevention Network’s 4th Annual WSPD event will take place again this year at the Elizabeth Gazebo, Bell Park (off Elizabeth St), on Sunday, September 10th, starting at 4:30 p.m. This year’s event is being held in partnership with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and the N’Swakamok Kweok Hand Drummers. Our 1 hour concert will be part of the “Mysterious Barricades” coast to coast concert series, raising awareness about mental health and suicide. This free, live streamed via the internet concert will be 21 hours long, featuring 15 Canadian cities/locations, beginning at sunrise in Newfoundland, and ending with sunset on the British Columbia coast. More information about the Mysterious Barricades concert can be found at http://www.mysteriousbarricades.org/, including a short video of last year’s concert.

As we have done every year, we will also have our free BBQ, and our butterfly release….butterflies to be sold for $10 each on site, on in advance at the Canadian Mental Health Association office on Elm St in Sudbury. The release of butterflies is a beautiful way to remember and honour the lives of those we have lost.

For full details visit the event website: Facebook Event Page

Whitby

13th Annual Walk for Suicide Awareness
Organized by: Distress Centre Durham
Date: September 9th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Age: All ages
Cost: $30 minimum in pledges
Description:Distress Centre Durham’s Walk for Suicide Awareness is an opportunity for individuals grieving the loss of someone to suicide and their friends and supporters to come together to remember those we have lost, while raising money for suicide prevention/postvention programs. Event includes a 5K run/walk, a memorial balloon release and a BBQ.

For full details visit the event website: Distress Centre Durham

Prince Edward Island – Ile du Prince Edouard

Québec

Saskatchewan

Yukon