Category Archives: Community

Have you been impacted by suicide? Please watch this music video: “Arizona (I miss you most)” by Brian Byrne

So many lives have been impacted by loss due to suicide. In this video Brian Byrne captures a number of real individuals who have lost loved ones to suicide. It’s hard to get through this video without crying. In fact, I haven’t been able to yet. But regardless, it is beautiful, heart felt, and reminds me I am in a community of individuals who have suffered tremendous loss and we are somehow connected through it.

One of those individuals is Tana Nash, the Director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. You can see her in the video at mark 2:18. I have had the privilege of speaking with Tana at the University of Laurier on two occasions. She is an incredible individual, and I’m so proud to be partnered with her for suicide prevention.

For anyone thinking of suicide, I know it can seem like no one will miss you if you’re gone. They will. Don’t underestimate the impact every life has on another. There is someone out there, someone you might not even realize, who will miss you most. So, stay. Stay with us. Because we want to enjoy your company. We want to hear you laugh one more time. We want to hold you as you cry. We want you to know that sometimes we feel broken too. We feel like a burden. Sometimes we lose sight of the light. But there is a way to find it again: together. So, stay.

Please click here to visit the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council website for resources.

With gratitude to Brian Byrne for making this song public. You’ve touched our hearts. Thank you.

 

Shawna Percy

Please visit ShawnaPercy.com for more info

FREE family event with six-time Olympian Clara Hughes! (March 20th, 6:30pm)

 Free family event

Journey of Hope

with six-time olympian

Clara Hughes

 

Join Grand River Hospital and community partners as we party with

Clara Hughes and talk about mental health.

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Bingemans Marshall Hall

Let’s talk about mental health

Stand Up To Stigma – We shone a SPOTLIGHT on mental health!

Stand Up To Stigma launched another successful SPOTLIGHT event!

Stand Up To Stigma logo

 

Click here to be re-directed to ShawnaPercy.com where you can see photos and learn more about the fantastic efforts of the Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event.

Event notice from Interfaith Community Counselling Centre

The following is a community event announcement from the Interfaith Community Counselling Centre

 

We have two important workshops coming up.  As our community continues to face the impact of mental health challenges, our hope is to increase our capacity to reach those in need.  These workshops were developed based on an expressed need by community members and we hope for a positive turn out.  Both workshops are designed to provide information and resources to the participants.  There is no expectation for participants to share their stories.

1.        On March 18th, in the Community Room at Tri-County Mennonite Homes from 7-9 we will be hosting a workshop for individuals who are supporting family and friends with the challenges of a mental illness.

2.       On April 8th, at our home in Trinity Lutheran Church (Trinity Hall), we will be hosting a workshop for individuals supporting family and friends struggling with addictions.

Thank you for your support of our agency and please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call any time you have feedback or suggestions about the services we are providing to the community.

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Akey, MSW, RSW

Clinical Director/Executive Director

Interfaith Community Counselling Centre

23B Church Street

New Hamburg, Ontario N3A1J1

Phone:  (519) 662-3092 ext. 126

Fax: (519) 662-4313

lakey@interfaithcounselling.ca

www.interfaithcounselling.ca

Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event! (One day to go!)

Are you attending the University of Waterloo? Do you know about the Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event? Just in case, here are the details.

Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT roster

 

Stand Up To Stigma is an incredible organization on campus that is dedicated to eradicating stigmas from university life. We have a long way to go, but together we can make a huge impact towards this important goal.

Stand Up To Stigma’s SPOTLIGHT event is one of their many annual events that is focused on shinning a light on stigmas so they can’t hide in the darkness any longer. The more we talk, the more we understand. The more we understand, the better we can bring about positive change.

The SPOTLIGHT event will take place in the Student Life Centre’s Great Hall located at 200 University Ave. W. in Waterloo, from noon – 3:30pm.

There will be an art exhibit, special guest speakers, and access to informative handouts.

Yours truly will be sharing my story from 12:30pm – 1:00pm. I will also be sure to have a few copies of my newly published book Breathe, and important handouts from the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council.

Will you be going to this event? I hope to see you there. Remember, wherever you are you too can shine a SPOTLIGHT on stigmas, and more importantly, on hope.

SPOTLIGHT event 2014

 

Special thanks to Van Houtte Coffee Services (my day job) who is supporting my participation in this event by enabling me to use volunteer hours on company time.

For a list of other events please click here.

Suicide Symposium – Feb. 19th, Vaughan, FREE! (seating is limited)

 

Suicide Symposium – “Helping our heroes and their families”

What: Panel of Peers and opportunity to connect with support networks in mental health crisis and suicide intervention for CAF Members, Veterans and their families.

Who is this for?: Open to the public (Military, First Responders, Police, Mental Health Professionals and their Families.)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 2014

Time: 6 – 9pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto, Vaughan

Address: 3201 Hwy 7 W., Vaughan, ON, L4K 5Z7

RSVP to register: (416) 633-6200 x2666, Maryam.Ebrahimpour@forces.gc.ca

Cost: Free

Spaces are limited!

 

Discussing the suicidal mind – FREE conference with Dr. Gustavo Turecki (April 3 & 4, 2014)

“Ten years ago, Dr. Turecki, (professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at McGill University,) presented in our Region. He will now update us on ten years of research on the suicidal brain.”

On April 3 & 4, the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council in partnership with Grand River Hospital will be hosting four free presentations featuring Dr Gustavo Turecki.  All four presentations will focus on the suicidal brain but will be targeted to four specific audiences:

  • community based clinicians (Thurs April 3rd, 2:30 – 4:00pm)
  • general public  (Thurs April 3rd, 7:00 – 8:30pm)
  • primary care providers (Fri April 4th, 7:00am – 8:30am)
  • hospital staff clinicians (Fri April 4th, 11:00am – 12:30pm)

Seating is limited. To register contact Tana Nash, Director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, at tnash@lutherwood.ca or call (519) 884-1470 x2143. Please indicate which session you would like to attend.

For more information please refer to the attached flyer.

Brain Science - Dr Gustavo Turecki FINAL

 

 

 

Tallying up the results after Bell Let’s Talk day!

As Bell works hard to tally up the results now that the Bell Let’s Talk day has ended, what we do know is how much money will be donated based on the 3, 043, 248 tweets that were posted yesterday using #BellLetsTalk.

3,043,248 x $0.05 = $152,162.40 just for tweeting alone!

I can’t wait to find out how many funds will be added and donated to mental health initiatives once the results are in for Facebook shares and texts sent by Bell customers. Stay tuned…

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Bell Let’s Talk day. In 2012, Waterloo Region’s very own suicide prevention council (WRSPC) received a grant of $16,000 from Bell. This money was used to provide suicide prevention training and resources for local family physicians and primary care providers.

The funds people help raise throughout these campaigns are making a difference in the community where I live, and likely in the community where you live too (if you’re in Canada.) Thank you!

 

It’s Bell Let’s Talk day! Find out how you can help build a federal framework for suicide prevention.

 

 

bell lets talk 2014

Bell Let’s Talk day is finally here, and raising funds to support mental health initiatives has never been so easy.

Bell will donate $0.05 for every:

  • Text a Bell customer sends
  • Every Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • And every share of Bell’s Facebook posts on their Bell Let’s Talk page

WANT TO DO MORE? GREAT!

PHAC-logo

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is doing a broad consultation until the spring of 2014 to inform the development of the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act (as a result of bill C-300 that Kitchener’s own MP, Harold Albrecht, helped secure so that Suicide Prevention is now every Canadian’s responsibility.)  It is an extensive survey and can be filled out as an individual or from an organizational perspective (so be sure to share this with your company’s Human Resources department.)

Note: You are able to save as you go, so you can take your time completing this important survey. 

Please share widely with your networks so we can provide as much feedback to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as possible and help build a solid framework for a stronger tomorrow.

CLICK HERE to start the survey now.

Please SHARE THIS POST with the hashtag reference “#BellLetsTalk so we can spread the word AND raise funds every time you do so. $0.05 (1 share with Hashtag) + $0.05 (1 share with Hashtag) = $0.10 + $0.05 (another share with Hashtag) = $0.15 and so on…

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 It’s Bell day. Let’s talk.

Blog for Suicide Prevention campaign: WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION day 2013!!!

Today is World Suicide Prevention day and the start of an exciting awareness campaign initiated by the University of Southern California. The USC is promoting a “Suicide Awareness Blog Day” by driving a campaign to Blog for Suicide Prevention!

BlogForSuicideAwareness

Why does raising awareness matter? I can tell you from the first day I chose to be public with my story it has been met with encouragement, resonation, and has had a deep impact on myself and others. It’s not because my story is unique. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s because my story is so common others often see pieces of their story in my own. Raising awareness helps people understand that they are not alone, there are safe places to talk about suicide and safe people who understand the impacts of suicidal ideation and the unique loss this type of death leaves behind. Not one event has gone by over the past two years that I’ve publicly shared my story at without someone coming up to me after to share pieces of theirs, often with an expression of relief that they finally feel safe enough to let go of a portion of the heaviness they’ve been holding on to. Talking is healing. Talking brings about change. I highly support the initiative to further promote blogging for suicide prevention. I fully believe this is a life-saving campaign.

Click here to learn how you can add your voice to the USC suicide prevention campaign. Whatever you blog for, whether for suicide prevention, parenting, DIY crafts, anything, if you have a story to share today is a great day to use your public resource as a tool to further awareness. Never underestimate the impact adding your voice can make.
Blogging For Suicide Prevention Badge

MY STORY:

Click here to read the article I wrote the day I learned my husband died by suicide: “Stigma in a large yellow envelope (or Stigma spelled S-U-I-C-I-D-E)”

 

MORE ARTICLES AND RESOURCES:

About Shawna

Links to speaking engagements, with videos and audio of previous talks

Another step taken towards breaking the silence & stigma of suicide (video)

The naked truth about stigmas

Grief, suicide, and “inter-generational impacts”

The pandemic of suicide

Suicide prevention resources – a conversation

USC’s MSW Programs Blog Day.
Blogging For Suicide Prevention Badge

EVENTS:

Click here to learn more about World Suicide Prevention day and events happening in your area.

 

A message from the International Association for Suicide Prevention President, Dr Lanny Berman’s:

Your voice makes a difference! Thank you for supporting suicide awareness.