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September 10th, 2022, is World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity to come together to raise awareness for prevention, grieve those we have lost, and honour survivors.

We are inviting members of our community to attend the 6th Annual “Be the Light” event on September 10th, 2022, at Polson Park.

The evening will run from 4:00 pm to dusk and aims to reduce the shame and stigma around suicide and allow for hope, healing, and remembrance. There will be lantern making, speakers, and a short walk to the commemorative tree to honour those we have lost.
Peer support occurs when people provide emotional, social, and practical support to each other around a common experience or personal circumstance, which others may find helpful.

This type of support can offer people an opportunity to explore their feelings in a safe and supportive environment, develop lasting friendships and support one another along the way.

The Trans Peer Support Program is a peer-led, community-based social support service run by peers with lived experience. We offer a safe space that provides an opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange, resource sharing, social connection, mentorship, and personal growth.
The Volunteer Crisis Line is needed now more than ever. Our Crisis Line volunteers so far this year have answered 4,816 calls compared to 3,659 last year at this time; the demand for our service is growing substantially.

Ever wanted to give back to your community in a meaningful and enriching way? Now is your chance. Volunteers are a vital part of The Crisis Line. Every year, our volunteers contribute more than 35,000 hours to our 24-hour crisis line, providing access to help and support.

Our volunteers are carefully screened and fully trained prior to taking calls. Volunteers also receive ongoing professional support. Experienced volunteers learn many life and communication skills which are transferable in other aspects of their lives.

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Do you need to chat?Our Crisis Chat service is available now

Picking up the phone can be challenging and uncomfortable and we get that. We encourage you to use our online Crisis Chat. Crisis Chat is available from 5pm – 9pm Thursday through Sunday. You can access Crisis Chat here.

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