reflections & resources
Over 6 years ago, I watched a world shatter and a family face the unimaginable task of picking up the pieces of a life that would never be the same. Everyone grieves in different ways, and for me, I spent a long while reflecting on how to make a difference. I wish I could say that it was the only moment my life was touched by such events, but sadly this has not been the case.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Globally over 800,000 people die each year in acts of self harm. These tragic losses are accompanied by a staggering 16,000,000 unsuccessful attempts annually. I am passionate about making a difference in this area and was recently the recipient of a small grant from The Pollination Project to support some user research into an online platform idea I have to support first responder and military personnel, their families, and communities in coping with and overcoming occupational stress injury. As many as 70,000 Canadian first responders are affected by, or coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Suicide is now surpassing line of duty deaths and the time for community to draw together to solve this problem has come.
I sincerely hope that you will consider contributing to our research or passing this survey along to someone you care about.