By Linda Shaw
On Sep. 10, Edmonton launched a campaign for suicide prevention, education and awareness.
It is called 11 of Us because eleven is the number of people that attempt or die by suicide each day in Edmonton. Eleven is eleven too many.
11 of Us was developed as part of a community plan for the prevention of suicide in Edmonton by a committee of organizations and individuals that range from government, post-secondary schools, not for profit organizations and private individuals. Their goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and offer resources that can make that happen.
The campaign is part of a comprehensive strategy for how suicide can be prevented and includes a public awareness campaign and website: https://11ofus.ca/
What can you find on the website?
• Common signs a person is feeling suicidal
• Suggestions for starting and having a conversation about suicide
• Where to get help in the community
• Education and opportunities for free suicide prevention training
My name is Linda and I am the Student Well-Being Facilitator! You can find me in the Student Counselling office, W111-PB, Hp Centre. I am a Registered Nurse with a Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling. But most recognize me because of my furry four-legged co-worker, Flynn, NAIT’s Wellness Dog.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud