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‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ – World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10

September 7, 2017

GUELPH, Ontario – On September 10, the Upper Grand District School Board will join people from across Canada and around the world in recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin, more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. As many as 25 times that number make a suicide attempt, and countless others question the value of their lives. 

But just one minute out of your day can make the world of a difference to someone who is struggling.

On September 10, organizations worldwide are encouraging people to ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ in their community.

Each small moment in the day is an opportunity to reach out to someone who is struggling or at risk.

The UGDSB has joined the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin in encouraging members of our communities to support the cause – light a candle, speak up on social media (@SACWDCouncil on Twitter), wear the orange and yellow ribbon, or plant a tulip bulb of hope (bulbs are available at sites across Wellington and Dufferin Counties, including Canadian Mental Health Association offices and Family Health Teams).

The UGDSB has numerous supports for students and parents/guardians regarding mental health. To learn more, visit the board website

Tulip bulbs are pictured at the Guelph UGDSB board office on Sept. 7, 2017. Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

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