“Every death by suicide is an unimaginable loss for families, friends and loved ones, with the impacts felt by entire communities.

“World Suicide Prevention Day is an urgent call to action for us all. Suicide can be a difficult subject to talk about, but it is only through open discussion that we can prevent these tragic deaths. By speaking openly, acknowledging our challenges and reaching out to those who may be struggling, we can build resilience and hope.

“If you’re struggling with feelings of hopelessness and despair, please know there is help. It’s important that people know there is a hopeful alternative to suicide. Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter where you call home. Call or text 2-1-1 or call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 for support, information and referrals to services.”

Dan Williams, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

“Awareness is so important in supporting mental health – learning to recognize warning signs, developing healthy habits and encouraging our loved ones to seek help when they need it most. Building a strong foundation of mental wellness ensures our children and our families have the skills and tools to overcome any challenge they’re faced with. Kids Help Phone has professional counsellors available 24-7 at 1-800-668-6868. If you would like to speak to a mental health professional, virtual and in-person counselling sessions are available online through Counselling Alberta.”

Searle Turton, Minister of Children and Family Services