Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council

We are a grass-roots community group united around suicide awareness, prevention, support and education.

Our mission is to provide a culture of hope and support through community events and initiatives in Simcoe County, Ontario and surrounding areas.

Donate to Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council

If you’re having thoughts of suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available.

Call 1.833.456.4566 (available 24/7/365) or Text 45645 (available 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET) or Visit crisisservicescanada.ca


Suicide Awareness 
Walk

Rain or Shine

Saturday May 28th, 2022       5:30 – 8 p.m.

Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St.

 

There is no fee to register as a walker, however we ask that you seek pledges.

All funds raised go to the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council to promote awareness through community events and initiatives.

For more details and Pledge Forms visit our facebook page  www.facebook.com/SimcoeCountySuicideAwarenessCouncil

or call Suzan at 705-896-4180

Raising awareness of suicide prevention, educating our communities about the impact of  mental health and breaking down the stigma of mental illness are important goals.

Beginning in 2010, the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council started holding an annual Suicide Awareness Walk in downtown Barrie, ON.

In addition to being the main fundraiser for the Council's initiatives, these walks bring community members together and help open up the conversation about mental health, suicide prevention and awareness and coping with the suicide loss of a loved one.

 

If you would like to make a donation online, anytime, please visit us here.

 

World Suicide 
Prevention Day

 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day – the 10th of September – is an annual event that was launched in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention with the endorsement of the World Health Organization.

WSPD, as it is known, has been designated as a way of focusing attention on the problems of suicide worldwide. It offers a chance for everyone to join in promoting understanding about suicide: those impacted by a suicide attempt or loss, family or friends, charitable organizations, professionals, politicians, volunteers and community members.

One of our initiatives to bring awareness of WSPD is the installation of memorial benches and trees in public parks of our local communities.

Since 2016, each year we have raised funds for and installed a memorial bench and tree in these communities: Heritage Park, Barrie, ON (installed in 2016); Midland Bay Landing Park, Midland, ON (2017); Peacekeepers Park, Angus, ON  (2018); OPP General Headquarters , Orillia, ON (2019); Warden's Park, Alliston (Adjala-Tosorontio), ON (2020) and Kinsmen Park, Gravenhurst, ON  (2021).

These installations are intended to open up a conversation about suicide awareness and mental health in our communities, to break down the stigma of suicide and to provide a place of quiet contemplation to remember lost loved ones.