Honour World Suicide Prevention Day with WRSPC!

We’re delighted to share that our annual World Suicide Prevention Day event will be hosted in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library! We’ll be gathering as a community at the KPL’s Central Branch, located at 85 Queen St. N. Kitchener, on Tuesday, September 10th, 2024 from 4:30 to 7:00pm.

Observed on September 10th each year, World Suicide Prevention Day is a global advocacy day which aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness about suicide prevention amongst organizations, government, and the public. Locally, our focus on World Suicide Prevention Day is to acknowledge the ways that lives have been changed by suicide, and to promote the work of hope, and healing.

This year’s event will include an Information Fair with local community organizations, crafts, a Community BBQ*, and will end with our formal program featuring keynote speakers and our Butterfly Ceremony**.

Please Note: 

*The Community BBQ is free for the community, while supplies last.

** As a gift, we will be providing guests with a Butterfly Suncatcher Sticker, created in partnership with My Sparkling Emporium. As Suncatcher Stickers are limited, we ask that you register for the gift prior to the event via the following Microsoft Form: https://forms.office.com/r/ByuhM8JVna 

 

As well, we will be hosting a FREE safeTalk training for community members from 12:30 to 4:00pm at the Kitchener Public Library’s Central Branch. Registration for this community training will open on August 10th, 2024. A link to the registration form will be included when registration opens.

For reminders and updates about the event, make sure to follow us on social media: Facebook, and Instagram.

Event Schedule

This year’s World Suicide Prevention Day event includes drop-in style and schedule activities. Activities will take place inside the Kitchener Public Library building, as well as on the greenspaces around the building. Please see the schedule below for the time and location of activities.

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Information Fair ft. community organizations

Community BBQ

Family- Friendly Crafts

5:00 to 5:30 pm

Breathwork Demonstration* with Dr. Michaela McClure

*Space for the breathwork session is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for 30 guests. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat to participate in this session. 

6:00pm

Formal Program Begins, with Keynote Speakers and Butterfly Ceremony.

Our 2024 Keynote Speakers will be announced soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event free?

The event is completely free; however, we do accept donations to help support our work, including our annual World Suicide Prevention Day event.

Who is this event appropriate for?

At our World Suicide Prevention Day events, we strive to create an environment of hope and healing for those with various lived and living experiences of suicide. This includes those that may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, those who have attempted, and those who are bereaved.

To help provide support, we utilize Keep Safe volunteers who are ASIST trained and have experience engaging with those with lived experiences of suicide.

Families who will be attending the event with children and youth may want to consider having conversations about mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention, and help-seeking prior to the event.

How can I get to the event? Where can I park?

The Kitchener Public Library’s Central Branch is located at 85 Queen St. N. Kitchener.

If you are planning to drive to the event, the KPL has the following parking options available:

The library is also accessible by public transportation including the Ion Light Rail, and routes #1 Queen-River, #4 Glasgow-Margaret, #7 King, #8 Weber, #20 Victoria- Frederick, #204 iXpress. We encourage you to utilize Grand River Transit’s Trip Planner to plan your trip to the KPL.

What will be served at the Community BBQ?

At the Community BBQ, we typically serve:

  • Sausages & Buns
    • We strive to provide a vegetarian option, such as Beyond Meat sausages, when we are able. However, due to the shared grill, we cannot guarantee against cross-contamination.
  • Condiments
  • Bottled Water
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