Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) says that there are more than 800,000 deaths by suicide every year around the world? That equates to one person, somewhere, committing suicide every 40 seconds.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Here are some ways you can help someone who’s feeling like they have no choice…

1) Don’t tell them how great life really is.
2) Don’t tell them to just be happy.
3) Don’t even think about telling them that what they’re feeling is selfish, or inconsiderate, or cowardly…just don’t.
4) Don’t assume you know what’s going on in their head, or their life, no matter how well you know them.

But more importantly…

Pay attention to what they say and do…
Realize that it’s not about you, nor is it your responsibility to fix it or them…
And finally, just be there.

This is a link to the Waterloo Region crisis hotline. If you don’t live in Waterloo Region, find out what your local hotline contact info is. And remember, you can call to get advice on how to approach loved ones who are suffering.


Alone together, Scholar and cat.

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.

No, not mine. It’s an 8th century Irish poem adapted to modern English by W.H. Auden.