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Nov 15th, 2022
Edmonton, AB – Every day, 11 Edmontonians attempt or die by suicide. Grief can be a complicated process and unfortunately, life doesn’t stop moving when you lose someone you love. November 19th marks the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day created for survivors of suicide loss to come together to build support and community for those left behind. CMHA Edmonton offers events and programs that are free for the public, to bring together and support those who have loss a loved one to suicide.
Together, we honor the memories of those we have lost to suicide.
An Evening to Remember is an annual memorial event to celebrate and remember the lives of those we have lost to suicide. We invite the community to come together to share smiles, tears, laughter and loss on Friday, November 18, 2022. Registration is free and open now at EveningToRemember.ca.
Grieving a loss to suicide can seem overwhelming, but the support and understanding of others can be a powerful source of strength. CMHA Edmonton currently offers Suicide Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and currently supports 300 adults.
As well, Youth Suicide Grief Support Services officially launched in October 2022 with curriculum that has been specifically tailored so youth have the space they need to grieve in their own way and connect with people going through a similar experience. Register is now open for the November 24th 18- to 25-year-old group intake and we are proud to announce that the 12 to 17-year-old will have their first intake on January 26th, 2023.
Together, we can prevent suicide.
CMHA Edmonton offers multiple educational trainings such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), developed to help caregivers assess, evaluate, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
As the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day approaches, take the time to check in with your loved ones, learn the signs to look for if someone is experiencing suicidal tendencies, and learn how to make a safety planned based on the immediate risk.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, phone the CMHA-Edmonton Distress Line 24/7 at 780-482-4357.
About Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region
CMHA Edmonton works within the community to support people experiencing mental illness and their families through advocacy, education, research, services, and programming. CMHA Edmonton works alongside community partners to service vulnerable and targeted populations who are living with or are at risk of developing mental health challenges. The organization provides education and training programs to various community actors and nurtures strong relationships within Edmonton through community-based services.
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