So how did this all start? In September of 2011, the Council was approached by a dynamic Waterloo Woman, Care Finch, who asked if she could plan and promote a twelve hour music festival in Waterloo Town Square called the TABU Music Fest in support of suicide prevention. How can you possibly say no to that? The event was a tremendous success and a way to combine music and the arts with education about suicide in a very public space. While planning for the event, our committee wondered what we could create that would be a positive and appealing way to talk about suicide prevention? With the help of the WAYVE team (student mental health leaders in our high schools), we decided on t-shirts and developed the slogan My Life Matters. On the back of the t-shirt, the youth picked the following quote by Mary Anne Radmacher to be displayed: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the night saying I will try again tomorrow.” These inspirational t-shirts have been to the House of Commons, on CTV’s Canada Am and have become a beacon of hope and an inspiration to wear. This is suicide prevention dialogue in action.
Order My Life Matters T-Shirts
My Life Matters t-shirts are available for purchase for $10 or $5 for students and individuals on ODSP.
To order My Life Matters materials or t-shirts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.