September 10th, 2023
September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. It serves as an important reminder that suicide and mental health challenges touch many in our schools and in our community.
As part of our ongoing work to reduce the risk of suicide for those in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), we strive to make our schools safe, inclusive and supportive learning environments for all. Today, and every day, we are working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around suicide.
Supporting Mental Health
On this World Suicide Prevention Day, we want everyone in our school communities to know there is help available. You are not alone.
There are many resources available that can provide support if you are in distress or having trouble coping. If it is an emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency department.
Need immediate help?
Here 24/7 is your front door to the addictions, mental health, and crisis services provided by 11 agencies across Waterloo Wellington. In Crisis or Need Support? Call 1-844-HERE247 (1-844-437-3247) anytime.
Here 24/7 does:
- Appointment booking
Front Door works with parents/caregivers, children and youth (up to their 18th birthday) who are struggling with life’s challenges such as:
- Mental health
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to kids, teens and young adults in English and French. Start a confidential conversation with a real person you can trust by:
- Calling 1-800-668-6868
- Texting 686868
More mental health resources
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service from Crisis Services Canada
- Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC)
For more information on Mental Health & Well-Being, visit our website.