The following poem by one of WRSPC volunteers was inspired after reading a newspaper article. Thank you Brenda McDonald for sharing. What Does That Mean... Read More
The WRSPC is a non profit, voluntary council comprised of 20 representatives from Waterloo Region. The WRSPC strives to maintain equal representations from professionals/organizations dealing directly with suicidal behavior, associated professionals (faith community, teachers) and the community (family, friends and individuals affected by suicide).
This is a 9 week closed group specifically designed for individuals who are facing the unique challenges of a traumatic grief after a family member or friend has died by suicide. A loss after suicide is considered complicated grief, and as such, it is more severe and longer lasting. The group not only provides a cathartic experience, but it also provides an opportunity for individuals to connect with others in an intimate manner. An eclectic variety of techniques including guided mourning, mindfulness and client-centred approach to self-awareness and empathy will be explored.
Hundreds of individuals in our community have benefited from this group and highly recommend it.
“I took this group seven years ago and still use many of the tools I learned in the group today. It was so beneficial for my healing.” – Suicide bereaved survivor, sibling and granddaughter.
There are four groups throughout the year in Waterloo, Cambridge, Elmira and Wellington.
If you are interested please click the button below for more information.
Our 7th annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council was a HUGE success! It was truly an amazing day that was fueled by a palpable energy from 32 different teams – 160 bowlers and another 35 volunteers! The day was a celebration of such amazing community champions, made up of educators, health care professionals and service providers, ambassadors and volunteers, and those who joined us as part of their healing journey. Kathy Baldwin, store manager for Smitty’s Fine Furniture was the ambassador for this year’s event, highlighting their work in creating an emotionally healthy workplace and how they have created an annual event to highlight suicide prevention. Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, donated money or donated a prize – you are all an ambassador in your own way for suicide prevention. Every dollar counts, and when we added it all up, $49,054 was raised for suicide prevention efforts in our community which include training, education and resources and support of suicide support groups – for hope, help and healing. Thank you!