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SSO makes an impact on World Suicide Prevention Day

On September 10, SSO commemorated World Suicide Prevention Day — a day to reflect on how we can better support people in crisis and ensure that people living with mental illness get the help they need. 
This year’s theme was “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.” More information is available on the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website. SSO offered resources for support including its Ask The Expert line, which connects families and individuals living with mental illness to vital support services.
These resources were shared over Facebook and Twitter where we received a significant response from people who viewed it. The posting was shared over 33 times and was seen by over 4000 people. This became a great opportunity to showcase the diverse range of support services available to people living with mental illness within Ontario. System navigation is often the biggest challenge —  many of the people who call or email SSO are looking to be connected to the right services.
World Suicide Prevention Day was a great opportunity to highlight the challenges faced by people who live with mental illness. Sharing information is the best way to break down barriers and challenge the stigma that prevents people from seeking help.