Riverside Students Rally for Suicide Prevention

On March 5th, 2009 Riverside Students visited with Jude Platzer to discuss Teen Suicide Prevention. A week before that a separate group of Riverside Teens found themselves on a similar fact-finding mission. The interest and the enthusisim these groups of kids demonstrated brought hope to all of us working to save lives. Thanks to all of you!
Students From Riverside School Visit the Josh Platzer Society

Students From Riverside School Visit the Josh Platzer Society


Today is Pink Shirt Day

If you see people going about their business in pink shirts today, take a moment to think about bullying and what you can to do help to prevent it. Bullying occurs in the workplace, in the schoolyard, online or within your group of friends. If you or someone you know is being bullied, don’t turn a blind eye. Do something about it — you just might end up saving a life.

Visit the official Pink Shirt Day website to find out about events going on to support Pink Shirt Day in your neighborhood.

There is clear correclation between bullying and suicide. Some kids resort to suicide because they are being bullied.  Often kids who are picked on are often more vulnerable to depression, so it can be life saving to be able to reconize the signs of depression and to know what to do to help children and young adults being victimized.

Boys are more often victims of physical bullying while girls tend to be ostrazied, teased and harrassed online, through text messaging or other forms of isolation. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, so don’t assume that boys will never feel the pain of a facebook attack or girls the pain of a physical attack.

Talk about bullying to your children — make sure it is not a taboo subject around your dinner table — give your kids the tools to deal with being bullied or with helping a freind in that situation.

And put on some pink!

The Language of Suicide

The Language of Suicide

Thank you to Chris LaForge, Gayle Vincent, and the other members of the suicide prevention team at Alberta Health Services/Alberta Mental Health Board, for the brochure: What’s in a Word. It can be found at their website, (in the upper lefthand side of the website homepage, type in What’s In a Word in the website search box and hit enter).

Gayle writes:

As we all know, World Suicide Prevention Day is fast approaching, and I am excited to learn of the growing numbers of events taking place across Canada on that day. We are all helping to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention, to have our individual and collective voices heard from coast to coast to coast. I feel honoured and humbled to be part of this effort.

In recent years, the suicide prevention team of Alberta Health Services/Alberta Mental Health Board has watched and listened very closely to the wisdom of survivors. One of the very important things we heard clearly from many survivors across Canada is the need to help change the language we use in writing and speaking about suicide.

To support the effort of many of you to change the language used to describe a suicide death, and to help affect that change here in Alberta, we developed a brochure called “WHAT’S IN A WORD? The Language of Suicide”.

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2007, this brochure was sent to communications departments in all health regions and all provincial government ministries in Alberta, to the Alberta Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee and to other contacts across the province. We have used it as a tool with evaluation teams and others in Alberta who are writing or speaking about suicide, to help them use the language that is most current, most clear, and hopefully most supportive to people who are grieving the suicide death of someone they care about.

The members of Alberta’s Suicide Prevention Team give you permission to share this Brochure with media, and other interested parties.