Keep Him Here

In 2010, 513 Albertans died by suicide. Suicide accounts for 28% of all injury-related death in the Province. Men between 30 and 69 years of age account for 48% of suicide deaths in Alberta yearly.

Members of the Alberta Suicide Prevention Network expressed an interest in developing and implementing a provincial suicide prevention campaign similar to our successful Finding Balance Campaign. The overall goals of the campaign were to focus on raising awareness around suicide prevention and providing resources to individuals and communities to feel empowered and take action.

Although many Alberta communities have recognized World Suicide Prevention Day, there has not been formal recognition of the day at a provincial level. Given this lack of provincial engagement and the fact that suicides take more than 500 Alberta lives every year, it was proposed that a provincial message/initiative be planned for World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.

The planning committee is comprised of representatives from:

  • Injury Prevention Centre
  • AHS, Addictions & Mental Health
  • AHS, Health Promotion
  • AHS, Provincial INjury Prevention
  • Alberta Health, Addictions & Mental Health
  • Canadian Mental health Association, Edmonton Region
  • Centre for Suicide Prevention
  • Community Helpers, Ft Vermillion School Division
  • Community Helpers, Town of Banff
  • Edmonton Public School Board
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Centre
  • The Support Network

The 3 key messages we advocate are:

  • Know the signs
  • Start the conversation
  • Reach out

Find out more at the Keep Him Here website.