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With the recent news of Robin Williams death by suicide, Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County has prepared an e-notice on Suicide Awareness. You will find information from local and Canada-wide organizations dedicated to creating awareness and educating Canadians about suicide. There are links for more information about understanding suicide and where you or someone you know may contact for support to talk. Need to talk in Simcoe County and Muskoka Region call 705-728-5044 for long distance call toll free at 1-888-893-8333 

5th Annual Walk for Suicide Awareness

Pledge sheets can be found here

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Hold Mommy's Cigarette

One Woman's Story of an Unfiltered Life

September 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

Hold Mommy's Cigarette Commercial: view video here 

The Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council is proud to bring Award-winning Actress and Producer Shelley Marshall to Barrie with her Award winning production of "Hold Mommy's Cigarette"  her own personal story of an unfiltered life. Today, Shelley is known as a starlet, a successful writer and comedienne, a social media guru and a proud mother of two gay children. What you may not know is that twelve years ago, she was on a much different and darker path. Last week, Marshall acknowledged the twelfth anniversary since her suicide attempt. Her husband who walked in on her called for help and managed to hold onto her body and as fate has its magical way of working, the cord that was wrapped around her neck snapped. This was her lowest point of her life and one that would later inspire material for her play ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’. Marshall has a long history of mental illness in her family and her life has been marked with many trials and tribulations yet somehow, Marshall has managed to rise above and turn the depths of her sadness into tremendous success. This story and many other stories that tend to go untold shows the magnitude of the importance of bringing awareness to mental health illness. Depression is as dangerous a disease as any. While there are many efforts working to remove stigma around mental illness now, twelve years ago, this was not the case. Hold Mommy’s Cigarette has opened the door to Colleges, Mental Health Facilities and even coffee shops for Shelley to speak about mental illness and her true-story relationship with its effect.

Please note the performance includes course language.

To purchase tickets online, click here, $35 all seats, or call the Mady Centre box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.

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Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council

The Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council began with a group of survivors, service providers, and passionate community members. Our goal is to support suicide survivors, and reduce the tragedy of suicide through education and awareness.

Together we are stronger. 

Please help us to “bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light”!

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Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting, harmful effects on individuals, families and communities. It’s an issue that is still surrounded by fear, shame and silence—but by breaking through the barrier of stigma and openly addressing the factors that contribute to suicide, we can all help to prevent it.

Read full article here

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Experts in the field suggest that a suicidal person is feeling so much pain that they can see no other option. They feel that they are a burden to others, and in desperation see death as a way to escape their overwhelming pain and anguish. The suicidal state of mind has been described as constricted, filled with a sense of self-hatred, rejection, and hopelessness.

Read full article here

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Suicide is preventable. Most people who attempt suicide want to live, however, but are overcome with emotional pain and cannot see any other way to handle a situation that may seem overwhelming and impossible to bear. Most people who die by suicide give definite warning signs of experiencing thoughts of suicide. This is one reason learning to recognize these signs and how to respond to them is so important. Talking about suicide does not cause someone to experience thoughts of suicide or increase the risk. Showing genuine concern by asking about suicide directly can be part of an immediate intervention.

For further information on suicide, please visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention here

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The Centre for Suicide Prevention has several Resource Toolkits that can be found here

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Talking about suicide is the first step to prevention. When we take the stigma away we can then begin learning and understand how we can help ourselves and others who are thinking of suicide.

For more information visit the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention's website here

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Below are resource for finding services and crisis lines to talk with someone, click on the image to view the website.

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Resources

If you are interested in receiving one of the kits available, please print and complete the order form and mail or fax to FMHI attention Tara Maxwell fax: 705-719-0908 

Read more.

Links

Are you looking for other organizations and resources? Here is a list of organizations within Simcoe County, Muskoka Region, Ontario and across Canada. If you have questions regarding services from another organization, please contact them directly, thank you. 

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Crisis Service

The Simcoe County and Muskoka Addiction & Mental Health Crisis Line is for youth and adults. Crisis Services offers individualized support to assist the person in the resolution of the emotional and personal crisis. Telephone, mobile and residential crisis services are available. 705-728-5044 / 1-888-893-8333 

Read more.

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Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County

4 Checkley St., Barrie ON L4N 1W1

705-725-0363 / 1-800-324-3252

fmhi.ca