Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. At the GET CONNECTED orientation event in Nelson last week dozens of students and staff wrote messages of hope to friends, family and colleagues who are struggling with depression and hopelessness.
Many people also talked to us about loved ones they had lost to Suicide. Tragically, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in North America. We all need to work together to end the stigma and shame around reaching out for help and talking about feelings of despair and hopelessness. As one of the ribbons says, Life does get better – hang in there, find someone to talk to about what you are experiencing.
Watch the TED Talk below for inspiration from one 19 year old student who is helping others to overcome the stigma surrounding depression.
Here are some of the messages students wrote on ribbons. Yesterday these ribbons were tied onto big kites and flown in Kinsmen Park. The Kite is a symbol of resilience and a reminder that it is possible to get help and find a way through life’s dark times.
We are ALL in this Together!
This 10 minute TED TALK by Vancouver student, Kevin Breel is brilliant, authentic and moving. He talks about the giant hurdles of STIGMA and shame that go along with depression and the need to speak out about what is real in our lives.
Click on the above image to get listings of resources in the Kootenays! Also, don’t forget that if you are worried about yourself or a friend, please talk to a Selkirk Counsellor: 250-365-1273 or 250-352-6601 or phone the Crisis Line24/7 for wonderful, non-judgmental help: 1-888-353-2273