On Friday, February 5, the Saint John Suicide Prevention Committee is hosting a Yellow Shirt Day in support of suicide awareness and prevention.
Leading cause of death
Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in Canada, with ten people dying by suicide everyday.
Ashley MacLean, a committee member of Saint John Suicide Prevention, says “mental health is something that we all have, and participating in Yellow Shirt Day is a fun and supporting campaign that reminds members of our community that they are not alone and it’s okay to not be okay.”
More information can be found on the Committee through their Facebook page (Saint John Suicide Prevention).
Prizes to be won
The Committee encourages all to take a picture wearing their yellow shirt on February 5 and to share it on social media, with the hashtag #suicidepreventionsj, to be entered into a giveaway for a mental health break package.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, here are some resources available:
Kids Help Phone (aged 20 and under): 1-800-668-6868 (24/7)
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 833-456-4566 or text START to 741741 (24/7)
N.B. Crisis Line: 1-800-667-5005
Trans LifeLine: 1-877-330-6366
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (24/7)
If in immediate danger, please call 911.