World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first launched in 2003 on the 10th of September by the International Association for Suicide Prevention with the endorsement of the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year has been designated as a way of focusing attention on the problems of suicide worldwide. A free event will be held on September 9th this year.
CASP’s 2023 WSPD Event
Crisis Lines and Launching 988: Creating Hope Through Action
Saturday, September 9, 2023
1:00-2:00 PM EDT, Live via Zoom (online)
First established in the early 1950’s to provide anonymous, confidential crisis support for people with thoughts of suicide, crisis lines have played a significant role in preventing suicide in Canada and around the world.
With the upcoming launch of Canada’s three-digit 988 crisis service scheduled for November 30th, this year’s WSPD event will explore the vital role of crisis lines and feature unique speaker perspectives sharing on the theme, “What can we expect from 988?”
Dr. Allison Crawford from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health and several other panelists, will offer their insights as Canada prepares for the launch of this life-saving service.