Health and Wellness

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. A day for us to make time for a subject that may make many of us uncomfortable. We do this together, as a community, to support and acknowledge each of our experiences.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music is honoured to host the London, Ontario location of Mysterious Barricades: A Cross-Canada Concert for Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Hope on campus in von Kuster Hall. Complete details for this concert and 15 others to be performed from sunrise in St. John's, Newfoundland to sunset in Victoria, BC plus detailed background information on this important subject is available at

All concerts across Canada are free and will be livestreamed. All are welcome. We encourage the Western community to join us in person or online - including a moment of silence dedicated to those we have lost and their loved ones.

The Three C’s of Suicide Prevention

The International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) states that suicide prevention involves connecting, communicating, and caring.


Connect with those who are struggling or have struggled with suicide. Listen to them and help them find the support they need. Supports on campus include Student Health Services, Psychological Services, or Campus Police (911) if immediate help is needed.


Don’t be afraid to talk to someone who is at risk of suicide. Speak openly about suicide to break the stigma. Make sure to do so in a conscientious way, especially if you are part of the media.


Taking time to care for yourself and for those around you can help prevent suicide. Support those


Living Well at Western

Busting Suicide Myths

Myth: Talking about suicide or asking someone if they are suicidal will put the idea in their head.

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide to someone will not give them the idea. If you think someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don’t be afraid to ask them directly!

Myth: Suicide occurs without warning signs.

Fact: There usually are warning signs to suicide.

Myth: If someone is intent on suicide, there is nothing you can do about it.

Fact: Suicide is preventable. Getting someone who is thinking of suicide immediate help from a professional can avert an attempt. Other ways that can help prevent suicide include knowing the warning signs, finding supports for those who have mental health problems, talking about suicide and mental health openly to break the stigmas surrounding both, etc.

Myth: Those who talk about or attempt suicide are just seeking attention / being manipulative.

Fact: Many people who die by suicide talk about it beforehand. Dismissing someone as being attention-seeking can be dangerous and may prevent someone from getting the help they need.

Myth: Suicide only occurs in people who have mental illness.

Fact: Not all suicides are related to mental illness. Some suicides occur out of impulse in a moment of crisis or due to a life stressor. Conversely, not everyone with a mental illness struggles with suicidal thoughts or behaviour.