World Suicide Prevention Day: Join us flying a resilience kite in a park near you . . . . . .

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These messages are  tied to kites for ceremonies today at Lakeside Park in Nelson @ 12:00 and Kinsmen Park in Castlegar @ 12:00.

What would you say to give hope to someone struggling with depression and hopelessness?

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Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).  Communities across Canada will come together to support those bereaved by suicide, remember and celebrate the lives of those who died by suicide, to support those who struggle with living, and to renew our commitment to helping all Canadians reconnect with their reasons to live while building lives with dignity, purpose and meaning.

Being connected with oneself, with others and a community is critical to ones sense of hopefulness and wellbeing.  Building connections rises from the pillars of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. On Sept. 10 the local PIP committee is inviting all people in the West Kootenay/Boundary region to come together to remember that we are all connected to each other and join in a local kite flying ceremonies.

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The kite is the national symbol for World Suicide Prevention Day. The connection we have through the string, to the kite in the sky, represents our connection to the things we strive to stay connected to: hope, community, those we have lost, and those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. The kite also reminds us of the importance of staying connected to ourselves to keep our feet on the ground and to sometimes put our heads in the clouds and dream, to be aware of ourselves, to feel our own importance and power, to care for and nurture ourselves, to have fun and play.

On September 10th kite flying ceremonies will take place at:

Castlegar:        Kinsman Park 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Nelson:             Lakeside Park 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out.  Talk to a residence advisor, an instructor, a counsellor, a friend and let them know what’s going on for you.  If the person you reach out to isn’t helpful, try again!  

Life can be so hard and lonely and complicated sometimes, but there are so so many people willing to help you get through . . . .   and you can always phone the 24/7 wonderful crisis line where there are great people to talk to who will help you figure out some next steps towards getting help and feeling better!  

It takes great courage to be vulnerable and reach out to others, but there is someone out there who will be there for you!  And soon, you will be the one reaching out to help others who are struggling!

CRISIS LINE: 1-888-353-2273

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Here are words from two Silver King Selkirk Students on ways they have found to cope:

“I was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety disorder and I am a perfectionist . . . . eventually my anxiety about getting perfect grades became so over bearing i couldn’t keep up so I quit and then became so depressed i couldn’t get out of bed or leave the house. I thought about suicide every single day.  Eventually I sought help from a psychiatrist and she recommended medication. After trying different medications, we finally found the right one.  I have never felt this happy and excited in my life.  My medication has been a godsend.  The best decision of my life.”

“Just stop – it will be there when you return . . . . One day in the midst of a stressful freak out  . . . .I just stopped and took my dog for a walk around the block, but ended up on a trail leading off into the woods and after a few minutes noticed an incredible difference  . . . . just how different nature is, it just flows, no congestion, the sounds are relaxing, the smells are soothing.  Literally, just being out there and absorbing my surrounding took all the stress and angst away and now I walk in nature often.  . . . No need to be anything or anywhere but just be.  So if you find yourself overwhelmed by daily life,  put whatever is stressing you down, absorb the surroundings and soothe your mind!Find your place of calm and make that your priority.  This literally changed my life.”

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These student quotes were found in Travelling Diaries that might show up on any campus for students to share how they are feeling and to give advice to each other!

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What advice would you give to help other students?

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