June 11, 2018--The sudden deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, has brought shock and a wave of media attention to the issue of suicide across Canada.
Crisis Services Canada (CSC) President, Alison Caird, appeared on both CBC and CTV News, and links to the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) and other support services have appeared in many articles and on line with industry recommendations on the reporting of suicide.
As a result, calls to CSPS increased by 450% on June 8th, as people reached out, either concerned about suicide for themselves or for someone they know. The CSPS website saw a 1600% increase in page views, with the top searches reflecting people looking for contact information, looking for resources, or having concerns about someone they know who may be thinking about suicide.
In order to be able to meet the significant increased and growing demand for support, it is critical for CSPS to have additional funding to grow suicide prevention responder capacity, and quickly.
In the meantime, CSPS encourages anyone concerned about suicide to reach out for help. The Canada Suicide Prevention Service can be reached by phone (toll-free: 1-833-456-4566), text (45645) or chat: www.crisisservicescanada.ca . The website also lists local crisis and distress centre contact information, where trained responders can provide support and resources:
About Canada Suicide Prevention Service, div. of Crisis Services Canada
CSPS is a collaboration of non-profit distress and crisis service centres from across Canada whose members have been working together since 2002 to reduce the impact of suicide. In 2017, the organization incorporated under the name Crisis Services Canada.
CSPS members have decades of experience in providing emotional support to people in need across Canada, and share a commitment to best practices and a common set of core values that promote accessibility, inclusivity and leveraging our collective strengths, local knowledge, resources, experience, information and technology to support the needs of all people in Canada.
For Further Information:
Ms. Alison Caird is President of Crisis Services Canada, and Executive Director of the Toronto Distress Centres. She can be reached at Alison@torontodistresscentre.com .
Roberta Fox is the Founding and Interim CEO and CTO of Crisis Services Canada, and can be reached at Roberta.Fox@CrisisServicesCanada.ca or 289.648.1981.
Charles Laframboise is the Executive Director of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region. He can be reached at CLaframboise@dcottawa.on.ca .
Lisa O’Blenis is the Executive Director of Chimo Helpline, New Brunswick. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .