Category Archives: Suicide

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

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Breathe, the book, is now available on-line in Canada, the US, and on Kindle INTERNATIONALLY

Breathe by Shawna Percy

Breathe: a true story about marriage, faith, and attempted suicide, is now available on-line by the following retailers:

 

CANADA

 

USA

 

INTERNATIONAL & KINDLE eREADER

 

Already read Breathe? Help me RATE IT or WRITE A REVIEW:

 

If your on-line retailer of choice is not listed here, please leave me a comment letting me know where you’d like to see Breathe sold.

Do you prefer a good old visit to the book store? Me too. Send me your recommendation for where you’d like to see Breathe sold and I’ll make sure they’re on my publisher’s list to contact.

Thanks for your on-going support everyone. I hope you enjoy your read of Breathe.

 

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.

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.

ShawnaPercy.com is LIVE!

It’s official! ShawnaPercy.com is now live!

What’s the difference between ShawnaPercy.com and Good Grief Guru? Good Grief Guru is an important blog resource focused on grief and resiliency. It includes raw article snapshots of my journey through grief and recovery, important resources for widow(er)s and those at risk for suicide, my Happy Thought collection, and more.

ShawnaPercy.com is focused on my journey as an author. It includes information on my book, Breathe, a list of book signing events, speaking engagements, and a store. It’s also a reflection that, although our grief journeys are an important part of who we are, they are not all that we become. Our lives can be more than the events we’ve lived through and the losses we’ve endured. Our lives can continue to be full of gain, new insights, rich experiences, and the passing on of the legacies we’ve created through the hardships we have survived.

Good Grief Guru will always have its place. It may no longer take up my focus every day, but that is how it should be. At the same time, there is gold within its borders and I wouldn’t trade that treasure for anything. The experiences I’ve encountered I will call upon when needed. Nothing need become ashes unless we let the fire die.

Shawna Percy

 

Thank you for continuing to journey with me. I hope you enjoy your tour of ShawnaPercy.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

The official launch date of my book, Breathe, is coming soon…

It’s been a long time coming but the time is nearly here when my published book, Breathe: a true story about marriage, faith, and attempted suicide, will officially be released.

When, you ask? March 11th, 2014 is the official launch date. That’s when Breathe will finally be available on-line and start to appear in book stores.

Stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime if you want to learn more about Breathe click here to read the synopsis.

 

Breathe high rez file

 

The Bell Let’s Talk TOTAL TALLY is in!

If you thought the $150,000+ raised through tweets for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign that was announced this morning was good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

The results are in. Yesterday, Bell’s tally registered over 100 million text, tweets, Facebook shares, mobile and long distance calls, raising a whopping:

$5,472,585!!!

That’s a lot of talking!

Way to go Canada!!! You really got your talk on!

If you didn’t have a chance yesterday I highly recommend taking a look through the Bell Let’s Talk website. How about starting with some video testimonials of people living with mental health challenges? Click here to start watching now, and let’s continue the conversation.

 

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!