CMHA’s Suicide Prevention Programs deliver and/or coordinate suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention efforts that strengthen supports and enhance resiliency in Island communities. Read more below.
Signals of Suicide Program
A school-based suicide prevention program presented by a trained facilitator in Grade 9 classrooms throughout the province. Combining interactive learning techniques, open discussions and a short video, the one-hour session explores the topic of suicide with youth, and teaches them ways to seek help for themselves and their peers when they’re in distress.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day suicide intervention workshop presented by certified trainers, usually twice annually. The ASIST workshop is designed to increase caregivers’ knowledge, comfort level and confidence in responding to a person at risk of suicide. Developed by LivingWorks Education, it is the most widely used, acclaimed and researched training of its kind in the world.
‘suicide to Hope: A Recovery and Growth Workshop’ is a one-day workshop designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk and currently safe from suicide. This work is done on a longer-term basis and beyond the suicide first-aid emergency situation. s2H provides tools to help caregivers and persons with experiences of suicide to work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals. s2H assumes that participants already have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention techniques. LivingWorks’ two-day ASIST workshop is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using suicide to Hope’s tools. The skills learned in the suicide to Hope workshop are designed to build upon this existing intervention knowledge and experience, and are applicable to caregivers in a wide variety of professional disciplines.
For more about s2H please read suicide-to-hope-information-sheet
The Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division (CMHA/PEI) is hosting a ‘suicide to Hope’ Workshop on November 22, 2016 at Murchison Centre in Charlottetown. For registration details, please see the registration flyer suicidetohopeflyer_nov-2016
PEI Helping Tree
Reaching out for help is a critical step in suicide prevention. The PEI Helping Tree is a user-friendly tool designed to inform Islanders of the many resources available throughout Prince Edward Island. It identifies many of the risk factors associated with distress and/or suicide and directs the user through a number of support options, listing contact numbers of agencies that provide assistance and support. Publication of the Helping Tree is funded in part through the French Language Health Services Network.
We provide information and resources to help loved ones cope with the loss following a suicide.
Grief After Suicide
Survivors of Suicide Self-Help Groups
These groups provide information, mutual support and reassurance to adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. For current group listings, please contact 902 628-1648 or call toll free at 1-800-682-1648.
Stick to Life Program
“Stick to Life” is a sticker campaign addressing male depression and suicide on Prince Edward Island. It was developed by the Prince Edward Island Suicide Prevention Committee; a committee of the Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division. This committee is dedicated to reducing the suicide rate and lessening the impact of completed suicide on PEI.