As a front-line police officer, I have attended many suicide scenes in my career, and always…
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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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