About

The Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin is about HOPE.

The Council believes that suicide prevention is a shared responsibility where people can make a difference and save a life. Everyone has the right to a future with hope and possibilities. 

Since 1999, we have worked toward breaking down the stigma associated with suicide by providing practical resources, creating opportunities for dialogue, education, knowledge sharing, and building community partnerships. 

The Council is a volunteer collective of individuals, groups and organizations who come together to fulfil its mission and values. We are not affiliated with any political party.  

Mission

Helping reduce suicide and its impact on our communities.

Values

Commitment - We believe that individuals and communities can make a difference.

Inclusivity - We embrace and celebrate diversity and uniqueness across the age span.

Community - A well-informed, compassionate, actively engaged community is the foundation necessary to decrease suicide behaviour and its impact.

Hope and Resiliency - Resilience is learned through promoting strengths, abilities and possibilities.

Trust and Respect - Building relationships of trust and respect is fundamental to our purpose.

A Bit of History

The Council has made a big impact in the lives of people across Wellington-Dufferin through its volunteer driven initiatives. 

' a permanent solution ...' A Play About Depression and Suicide. This was the Council’s first big project. It was
aimed specifically at youth. 

ElderTALK and AfterWhys Play — ElderTALK is designed to create opportunities for older adults to discuss the
challenges and changes associated with aging. AfterWhys offers a poignant and hopeful look at seniors' mental
health and suicide. 

Creating and sharing resource materials has been a focus of the Council. Brochures, resource cards and small publications have gone into the hands, homes and businesses across Wellington-Dufferin.

The Council has a legacy of collaborating with community partners to bring events and workshops to the communities it serves. These include SafeTALK, grief and trauma workshops, as well as professional development opportunities for service providers.

World Suicide Prevention Day was initiated in 2003. For 18 years, the Council has created projects to bring awareness to suicide prevention.   

The Council continues to be creative and pro-active in helping to build suicide safer communities. 

Acknowledgement of First Nations Traditional Region by the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington - Dufferin.

In that acknowledging and respecting the land has been an Indigenous cultural practice for hundreds of years, the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington and Dufferin Counties wishes to recognize that it functions on the ancestral treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, part of the Objibwe (Anishinaabe) Nation, and a member of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi Alliance, as well as on the ancestral treaty territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River, which include the Mohawk (Kanyen’kehaka), the Oneida (Onyota’a:ka), the Onondaga (Onöñda’gega’), the Cayuga (Gayogohono), the Seneca (Onöndowága’) and the Tuscarora (Skaru:reh) Nations forming the Haudenosaunee (Hodinöhsö:m’) Confederacy. And that despite genocide, ethnic cleansing, and forced removal through colonization, these Indigenous communities continue as functioning entities and as testaments to their People’s strength.

In line with the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the Suicide Awareness Council repudiates the European Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius used to justify sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, and will strive to renew and establish relationships with local First Nations based on mutual recognition, respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining such relationships.

@Carolyn Parks Mintz & the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin