Today we Interview Maureen Elliott who is with the Peel Site of the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto l VNN Special
Since 1967, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to vulnerable individuals in our community at risk of suicide.
Here Maureen Elliott, Inbound Program Manager at the Peel Site of the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto, speaks to Bala Menon, Editor-in-Chief of the Voice Media Group about how suicide prevention programs work in creating community awareness and help in tackling the issue through helplines and volunteers.
There were over 4000 suicides in Canada in 2017, according to Statistics Canada and it is increasing by around 11 % every year.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Canadians aged 15 to 35, after accidents. Many of these youngsters suffered from depression, low self-esteem and addiction challenges.
How does public awareness and education help? Child and youth suicide screening tools Project Now partners
Health professionals and prevention of suicides
Children and youth transitions from emergency departments to the community
How does technology help?
Help children and families better navigate local mental health services.