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The mission of the Ride Away Stigma is to encourage open discussion on mental health and illness and remove the associated stigma.
Funds raised from this ride will support the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton with advancing the important city-wide work of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention – hope, help and healing.
Together, we can ride away stigma!
Great Prizes for:
- Top Individual scores
- Top Team scores
- Best Team Costume
- Trivia Prizes
- ..and more!
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: Skyway Lanes, 235 Melvin Avenue, Hamilton
$50 per team of 5 people or $10 per person
The latest dates for safeTALK training have been posted on our calendar, read more to see a list of all upcoming training sessions.
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training for everyone 15 and older to learn how to recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and how to connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live.
ASIST is a two-day workshop that teaches how to intervene and save a life from suicide. Over a million people around the world have participated in this award-winning program. Most people thinking about suicide don’t actually want to die, but they need help deciding to stay alive. You don’t need any prior training to attend ASIST—just a willingness to make a difference.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is for adults who have lost a family member or friend to suicide.
Bringing people together to raise awareness for mental illness and support vital programs & services provided by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO).
The Peace of Minds Yoga is open to everyone. Enjoy a day of yoga & meditation classes. Refreshments provided.
Alternatives for Youth (AY) is committed to providing substance use treatment services for youth aged 12 to 22 years and those who care for them. Research has shown that engaging parents/care-givers in substance use education and counseling programs improves treatment outcomes for youth with substance use and concurrent mental health problems. The feedback we have received from parents that have attended this program indicates that information covered is helpful and the group experience is positive. Parents have noted improvement in
Date: Thursday November 9th and Friday November 10th, 2017
(attendance both days required for certification)
Location: CMHA Hamilton 131 John St. S., Hamilton, ON L8N 2C3
Fee: $150.00 per participant
Jim Zvonar is a Hamilton Teacher who is riding across Canada this summer to generate awareness about mental health and mental illness. Jim intends to help generate funds for mental health training programs, stigma reduction, suicide prevention and foster help seeking. Funds raised from his national ride will be used to support youth based mental health initiatives in Hamilton. Find out more at www.cyclingc2c.ca In the News Stoney Creek Native Cycling Coast to Coast for Mental Health Hamiltonnews.com – Jun
Running for Rachael continues to support mental health awareness programs for youth, stigma reduction and encourages help seeking.
In recognition of Mental Health Week the Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton is pleased to offer safeTALK training at a subsidized rate of only $10 per person safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help
For every text, call, tweet and Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter, Bell will contribute 5¢ more to mental health initiatives. So let’s work together to create a stigma-free Canada!
International Survivors of Suicide Loss day is Saturday November 19. hashtag #ISOSL
Within your own communities and organizations and through your own social media channels, please feel free to promote the following resources and messages
Monday, September 12
Carmen’s Banquet Centre
Registration fee: $12
light lunch included
Learn more and register:
The Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton and Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton are pleased to offer safeTALK training at a subsidized rate for the general public in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.
Download the flyer below:
Pictured: the members of the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee wearing yellow ribbons for Suicide Awareness. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, 2016
Together to Live is an online toolkit for community partners working with children and youth in Ontario. Its goal is to bring together evidence-informed information, tools and resources to help your community come together to prevent youth suicide.
Let your friends, family and colleagues know how you plan to “reach out” by sharing on social media and tagging your post with #WSPD2015.
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. In recognition of this important day the Canadian Mental Health Association: Hamilton Branch is pleased to offer safeTALK Training at a subsidized rate of only $15 per person for the general public!
This is the third annual event. Last year, individuals and organizations across the world cycled, and in some cases walked, to raise suicide prevention awareness. The total distances reached was almost four times the circumference of the planet or a total of 121,963.3 miles or 196,282 kilometers!
Dates: September 7 – 10, 2015 Why 72 Hours for Life? It represents a reclaiming of “Suicide Watch” (72 hours) Reflection and awareness related to coping and wellness, knowing the signs and symptoms and effectively supporting youth. 72 hours of “reflection and training” leading up to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.
To learn more about the Blarney Run, visit: https://www.blarneyrun.ca/
A Family Guide to Understanding Suicide Booklet
Celebrate the first anniversary of Clara’s Big Ride by viewing this video featuring highlights from this epic adventure. Let’s make sure that we continue to carry on this conversation together and let’s put an end to the stigma around mental illness. Read More
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Youth Wellness Centre is a unique service that provides expert mental health care by appointment including counselling, support and navigation services for young people aged 17 to 25. This service is covered by OHIP and confidential. One thing that is different about the centre is that young people and the people who care about them can reach out to Youth Wellness Centre to find out if this is the right place for care. Read More
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Location: Coronation Arena – 81 Macklin Rd N., Hamilton, Ontario Time: 9am 6.93 k – $40.00 NEW 10.4 K $45.00 Race Day – $50.00 Registration closes March 17, 2015 Registration Pick up – April 8 & 9, between 6-8pm at “Runners Den” 860 King St. W. Hamilton, Ontario Race Day – Registration Opens 7:30 – 8:45am All Runners guaranteed a Technical Race Shirt if registered before CLOSING (March 17, 2015). Extra shirts available for order at time of online registration and a limited amount on
Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund donates $25,000 to the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton to support the rollout of SafeTALK training
Hamilton, February 10, 2015 – The Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton (SPCCH) is pleased to receive a $25,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support evidence-based suicide prevention education and training for 750 first responders in the police, paramedic and fire services in Hamilton. First interveners, such as police officers, firefighters and paramedic services are often a first line resource for people who have significant mental health, emotional or substance abuse issues that may be suicidal.
The Art Matters Project: Stop Mental Health Stigma was co-ordinated by Genevieve Stacey, a graduate student of art therapy, and Marisa Mariella, head of student services at Bishop Ryan.
The group met in September, had a candid discussion about mental illness and then painted. Mariella said the interest from students was staggering.
Members of the Bishop Ryan Celtic Circle Student Leaders were recognized for their exemplary peer helping program at the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA) Gala Dinner on November 9th where they were presented with the association’s prestigious Daryl L. Cook Peer Helping Award.
The award, which honours Daryl Cook’s outstanding contribution to guidance counselling in Ontario and acknowledges her strong support of peer helping programs in Ontario schools, is presented to one school in Ontario annually.
Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Yet these deaths are preventable.
In WHO’s first suicide report “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” information is included on what is known about suicide across the world, groups at particular risk of suicide, and what can be done at both societal and individual level to reduce the number of deaths from suicide.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day can change your life. It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
To learn more and find an event near you, visit www.survivorday.org
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. The focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life with schizophrenia.
The SPCCH is a charitable non-profit volunteer organization, funded by private donations from individuals and organizations. All donations are directed towards educational materials, training or community opportunities to help us work towards our vision of creating a suicide safer community.
In 2014, the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.’ The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. The theme of this 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.”