Distress Centre Crisis Line
Distress Centre of Niagara provides a free, confidential telephone support service, utilizing highly skilled volunteers, to assist anyone in need in the Niagara Region. Volunteer crisis workers listen to callers’ concerns, assist callers with solving their own problems, provide information and referrals where appropriate and intervene in life threatening situations.
Mental Health and Addictions Access Line
The Mental Health and Addictions Access Line is the first point of access to mental health and addiction services for adult residents of Niagara. Volunteers provide immediate support and explore services with the caller to find the most appropriate fit. Once that is determined, a referral can be made.
Additional training relative to the protocols established with the sixteen service partners within the network will be required before starting on the Mental Health and Addictions Access Line. For more information about the Mental Health and Addictions Access Line, visit their website: AccessLineNiagara.com
As a representative of Distress Centre Niagara, a Bingo Volunteer would be expected to attend pre-scheduled gaming events at the local Gaming Centre. While attending, the volunteer would be responsible for greeting and welcoming individuals and providing information about the agency should the patron ask. The intention is create a fun, active and welcoming environment. Other responsibilities include keeping the hall tidy and potentially calling back winning bingo cards.
Please contact the Distress Centre for an additional volunteer informational package.
Offered on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014. Please see flyer for more details.
Offered on March 12th and 13th, 2014. Please see flyer for more details
Let's keep the conversation going....NSPC is proud to support Josh Rivedal, "The Gospel According to Josh", book signing happening at Chapters Bookstore in St. Catharines, on January 31, 2014 at 6pm. Please see attached flyer for details
According to his autobiography, the author, Joshua Rivedal, has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. He serves on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Please click here for more information on the book "The Gospel According to Josh".
One NSPC member says:
“We need more individuals like Josh to come forward to break the “stigma” to talk about mental illness.”
Hope to see you there!!!!
click here for more information
Thursday, November 7 (from 5:30 – 9:00 pm)
Come out to connect with others passionate about mental health and hear from expert panelists who will share their wisdom on:
• Effective Treatments and Supports
• Recovery: What It Is and How to Achieve It
• Latest Research Developments
• Mental Health System: How to Get Help
Welland Civic Square - Community Room
60 East Main St.
Admission: Free of charge
Refreshments will be provided
For all the details please see below flyer
Distress Centre Niagara has an upcoming ASIST Training.
Saturday December 1 & Sunday December 2
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See attached for registration form and further details.
Thanks to a grant submitted by Distress Centre Niagara we now have 10 new safeTALK trainers in Niagara. safeTALK is an informative, practical, and affordable way to raise awareness of suicide as a preventable injury. Book a training for your workplace, parent group, or community event today and help us to create a suicide safer Niagara!
We are excited to share a suicide awareness tip sheet created by members of the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition's awareness and training subcommittee. Know the signs and how to get and give help!
What is Suicide?
Shneidman, (1992) suggests that suicide is the outcome of psychological, biological social, and spiritual factors. As these are vast factors he suggests examining suicide by studying commonalities among many suicides. He described the decision to die by suicide as a dialogue occurring within the mind, as a discussion this person is having with him or herself. He furthermore suggests that although contributing factors are important to identify, if we want to prevent suicide, we first need to understand the inter-play of this internal dialogue.
Shneidman, (1985) identified common characteristics shared among the majority of deaths by suicide as follows:
Masecar, (2007) indicates that as an individual’s emotional pain occurs on a spectrum of intensity rated as low, moderate, and high. As the pain (psych-ache) increases this results in a more constricted thought process accompanied by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness as the individual attempts to cope. When the pain become intolerable, escape seems necessary. Another factor is lethality, which refers to the extent to which a person identifies with suicide as a viable solution. Also rated as low, moderate, and high Masecar states that “It isn’t overwhelming pain that kills us – it is lethality, the idea that suicide is the solution” (p.34). He suggests that if we can help alleviate some of the pain allowing it to become more tolerable, lethality decreases.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:
o Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
o Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
o Feeling trapped—like there is no way out
o Feeling anxious, agitated, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
o Showing changes in behaviour, appearance, or mood
o Deliberately injuring themselves
o Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
o Abusing alcohol and/or drugs
o Feeling hopeless or seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
o Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
o Returning of borrowed items, or giving away personal belongings
You can help:
o stay calm and listen
o let them talk about their feelings
o be accepting; do not judge
o ask if they have suicidal thoughts
o take threats seriously
o don't swear secrecy
o tell someone
o Contact: family, friends, relatives, clergy, mental health professionals, counsellors, crisis lines, teachers, doctors, or hospital emergency departments.
*Note - most areas have a local crisis line that is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, as well as mobile crisis intervention teams in some areas. Become familiar with your resources as well as National Resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. These are essential resources to include in safety planning.
There are many great training opportunities (for the general public and professionals). Some examples include:
o TLC’s Online Course on Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
o SAFE TALK
o Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
o Interventions Following a Suicide In Schools
o After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
o Trauma Debriefing Handbook
o Confronting Deal in the School Family
The National World Health Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. Learn what other areas around the world are doing to raise awareness and how you can get your community involved in suicide prevention. If you are involved in an initiative in your community I would love for you to share what you are doing with our group!
International Association for Suicide Prevention
American Association for Suicide Prevention
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
The Reasons to go on Living Project: Sharing stories of hope for life
Left Behind by Suicide: Stories of those bereaved by suicide
Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health: Information and resources around seniors and suicide including free Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit and training resource
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. (2012). Suicide is a major, sometimes hidden, public health concern in Canada. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from: http://www.suicideprevention.ca/
Masecar, D. (2007). What is working, what is hopeful. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from: http://www.creativecounsellingapproaches.org/suicide-prevention-and-intervention-resources.html
Shneidman, E. (1985). Definition of Suicide. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Shneidman, E. (1992). A Conspectus of the Suicidal Scenario. In R. Maris, A. Berman, J. Maltsberger & R. Yufit (Eds.), Assessment and Prediction of Suicde (pp. 31-49). New York: Guilford Press.
World Health Organization. (2012). Suicide. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from: http://www.who.int/topics/suicide/en/
World Health Organization. (2012). Suicide prevention. Retrieved on August 14, 2012 from: http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/