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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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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




September 10th is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION day

Every 40 seconds, someone around the globe dies by suicide.  In 2007, 42 Waterloo Region residents died by suicide.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP,) declared September 10th  World Suicide Prevention day. Why raise awareness?  Because death by suicide may often be a preventable death, and an estimated 3,000 – 4,000 people throughout the world take their own lives every single day.  That’s more lives than are consumed by war and homicide.

Here are a few things you can do to raise awareness, and show support for the prevention of suicide:

VISIT VICTORIA PARK TONIGHT, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION – The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) is hosting a free Community Butterfly Release at Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener, Ontario from 5pm – 7:30pm, tonight.  This event includes an:

  • Information fair
  • BBQ
  • Butterfly release
  • Two guest speakers including MP Harold Albrecht
  • Music
  • Click here to see a schedule of events

LIGHT A CANDLE – At 8pm tonight, light a candle (or preferably use a battery-operated candle) in your window to show your support for Suicide Prevention, and to remember those who have succumbed to suicide, and those affected by the significant loss of knowing someone who has died by suicide.

SIGN THE PETITION – At the bottom of the WRSPC website is a link to a printable petition where you, your friends, family, and neighbours, have the opportunity to sign a petition that, when mailed to the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, will help plead the case that suicide can be a preventable death, and the cost of complacency is high.  We need our government to equip us to do more, to make resource information more accessible to those in a crisis, and to educate individuals about suicide prevention.


Thank you to everyone who has, and continues, to support myself and others in the journey of surviving our deep loss by suicide, and for helping us raise awareness simply by sharing these links and articles with others.