Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (SPAM) 2020
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The Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB), in partnership with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), is leading an annual campaign to raise awareness about mental health promotion and suicide prevention in the community. CMHA-WECB and the WECHU have gathered a large network of community partners to plan, organize, and celebrate the fifth annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (SPAM) campaign. This year, events will occur throughout the month of September. A variety of events, activities, and trainings are scheduled over the course of the month to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and to communicate the key message of the campaign – “You Are Not Alone”. This message is intended to help those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or have lost a loved one to suicide to know that help is available and to provide support in their journey towards hope, healing, and recovery.
For the 5th anniversary of SPAM, the goal is to raise awareness for suicide prevention, improve education, and build skills in the community to reduce incidents of self-harm and suicide. The objectives are to increase public knowledge about warning signs, and where to access relevant resources and services related to prevention, intervention, treatment, and bereavement. These resources, along with swag items, such as special 5-year anniversary custom-branded face masks and T-shirts, and other awareness-raising events planned for September 2020, are available on CMHA-WECB’s Suicide Prevention webpage.