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Creating a culture of hope and support.

Welcome to the Simcoe County

Suicide Awareness Council

We are here to raise awareness of the incidence and impact suicide has in our communities, to provide education to those looking to learn, and to provide support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

You're not alone in your journey of healing. Explore our resources, upcoming events, view our photo gallery of past events, connect with our community, and find the support you need.

Walks
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May 2023 we held our 11th walk in memory of those we have loved and lost to suicide, to raise awareness of suicide in our community and to support those who are grieving

Benches
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Our contribution to World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept 10th) has been the installation of memorial benches and trees in local public parks. This is one of the community initiatives we support with our fundraising efforts

Events

Attend our events to support suicide awareness and positive change while connecting with others that have similar life experiences.

Get Involved

Together, we can make a difference, we are always looking for creative volunteers and fundraising ideas.

Awareness

Learning, talking and sharing is how we are going to make positive change. Help us spread the word.

Donate

Financial support helps us bring to life, creative ideas, to raise awareness, and make connections through programs, events. Any amount helps.

Become a Supporting Partner

We urge agencies and organizations from all sectors to make a meaningful and positive impact on mental health in our communities. Suicide is a significant public health issue and is the leading cause of death for those 10-19 years old, and the second leading cause of death for those 20-44 years old in Simcoe County.

We need your help, please consider supporting us with ongoing in-kind or financial contributions. There are many projects that require special knowledge, skill or sponsorship to become a reality.

If you have knowledge, skills, or experience that could assist us, or have the ability to provide sponsorship, please click on the Support Us button to submit your interest.

Together, let's build a foundation of care, resilience, and empathy. Please help us make a difference today.

LIFE PROMOTION:

 

The Council has engaged indigenous leaders and peoples in our communities for many years, as we feel there is much to learn from their teachings, practices, and holistic culture.

 

Life promotion is a positive, holistic and strengths-based approach, that the indigenous cultures use instead of suicide prevention. This language changes the dialogue from illness into one of wellness. In the Simcoe Muskoka region, the developers of the Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion have used a cultural approach to draw on Indigenous concepts of leadership for protection and promotion of community health and well-being.

 

Source: Adapted from the Feather Carriers Leadership for Life Promotion, 2023

Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion

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TESTIMONIALS

Connecting with people who have been through a similar loss was something that I was looking for. Just hearing the voices of others that had lost a loved one by suicide, comforted me in some strange way. I was full of anxiety and hesitation attending my first SOS meeting. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with a hug. I instantly felt understood and knew that I was in the right place. As much as my dear family and friends showered me in love and support, I felt like I needed to talk to others, who were survivors of suicide loss. I found there were so many more emotions and found it difficult to navigate the grief, sadness, anger, and feelings of guilt and even betrayal.

- Katy, Springwater

The support program offered me a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, which I had not been able to share with anyone else. It gave me the opportunity to connect with people that were also struggling.

- Anonymous, Barrie