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September Special Edition


September 10th - World Suicide Prevention Day

"Creating Hope Through Action"

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention:

One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.

Take 5 To Save Lives

In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) co-sponsored the first annual World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, 2003 to focus public attention on suicide prevention efforts and activities. Since then, communities, individuals, practitioners, researchers and other professionals around the globe have responded each year on September 10 by raising awareness of the global burden of suicide, implementing prevention initiatives or campaigns, announcing important research findings, developing region-specific prevention strategies and widely sharing other suicide prevention-focused activities.

To assist in IASP efforts, the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) launched the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign. NCSP is a coalition of eight national organizations working to prevent suicide. Their mission is to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy and a collective voice. During the last year, these organizations have directly impacted the lives of over 2 million people and generated over 100 million media impressions.

We invite you to participate in the Take 5 To Save Lives initiative by completing these 5 actions in 5 minutes today:


Learn The Signs: Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide.

Although it may not always be obvious, individuals experiencing an emotional crisis usually exhibit one or more of the warning signs of suicide. Your ability to identify the signs will better prepare you to take action and could help save a life. Learn the signs here.

Know How To Help: You CAN help. Know what to say and do if someone you care about is suicidal.

You shouldn't be afraid to ask your friend if they're having thoughts of suicide. By knowing exactly what to say and do, you'll be ready to act and keep your friends and family safe. Learn how to help here.

Practice Self-care: Make mental wellness a priority in your life.

Research indicates that our mental fitness or wellness is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Learn some tips for keeping mentally fit here. Make it a priority!

Reach Out: Help is available and recovery is possible.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress you must reach out for help. You are not alon. Learn about different help options and how to take that first step in seeking help and care here.

Spread The Word: Pledge to tell 5 people about Take 5 and WSPD.

Let's get people talking! By sharing the Take 5 campaign with 5 other people, we can raise awareness of the problem of suicide and equip people with easy tools to help themselves and others. Share the campaign on or before World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th. Together we can all make a difference! Here's how and where to share.

Complete Your Own Take 5 Challenge Now

How Simple Bee Advocates In Support of

World Suicide Prevention Day

As mental health professionals we work daily to share the message that mental health is health, it is for everyone and it is just as important as your physical health. We need to break through outdated stereotypes and stigmas so that we can work towards resolving this global health crisis.

Check out this video of clips from our team sharing what they're doing in support of #WSPD

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Simply Bee Resource Spotlight

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Paws For Patrick

Paws for Patrick is a non-profit organization created to honor the memory of Patrick Roemer. They are dedicated to connecting young people to emotional support animals (ESAs) to aid them as they live with mental illness.

Their vision is three-fold:

  1. ​Help alleviate the burden of those trying to acquire an ESA for mental health purposes through our unique Wish Granter program.
  2. Provide opportunities for young people to interact with their trained therapy dogs and their handlers in group and individual settings.
  3. Breaking the stigma of mental health with the belief that animals have a positive emotional health impact and can create an unbreakable bond with people.

Mark your calendar!

On September 26th they will be holding a 5k Walk in celebration of their one-year anniversary. Join Simply Bee & many other incredible community organizations who will be there sharing resources available + live music, food trucks, activities for kids (balloon animals, face painting and more!) and of course, the 5k walk.

5k Walk Info & Registration
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The mission of 1N5 is to prevent suicide by erasing the stigma of mental illness and promoting optimal mental wellness. We achieve this mission through education and stigma reduction, community engagement, policy and advocacy, and measurement and data work.

1N5 is focused on making a difference in how we talk about mental health. Our youth are in crisis, with 20% of youth ages 13-18 living with a mental health condition. Join us to START the conversation, together we can make a positive difference and STOP the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

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