World Suicide Prevention Day – Tuesday, September 10

Vancouver/Fraser Valley – The Crisis Centre is a community of volunteers and staff who are on the other end of the phone or online chat 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when an individual is in distress, considering suicide, or when there are no other mental health services open or available.

They have prevented suicides and saved lives by supporting 41,217 individuals over our phone and online chat services when they needed it the most in the past year.

On September 10, the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC is acknowledging World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and marking our 50th year providing help and hope.

While based in Vancouver, the Centre also reaches out to the Fraser Valley. Help is Available! We really are here to listen, here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

Stacy Ashton, Executive Director : “I see the work of the Crisis Centre as a way to help people avoid making terrible decisions in their worst moments. When you call or text the Crisis Centre, it’s like taking a deep breath, collecting your racing thoughts, and talking to someone who cares and just wants to hear what you have to say. When we give people space to talk first, instead of act in a moment of crisis, we give their thinking brain time to catch up to their emotional state. Those create moments when you can save a life just by listening.

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