We are two dads committed to providing a strategy that eliminates the threat of suicide from society entirely.
As thought leaders, we prepare communities with the knowledge and skills needed to address this world health crisis.
Canadian communities require a holistic strategy in order to solve the problem of suicide. They must strive for a village approach where the collective efforts of their citizens can:
It has become critical that members of a community plan and work together in order to preserve and protect the lives of those impacted by mental health issues and the suicide crisis. This is because there are not enough clinicians and healthcare professionals to shoulder the overwhelming volume of people who are at risk in these areas.
The 2Dads4 Project provides communities with a more accurate understanding of the suicide problem in our country. We also provides an achievable solution to this problem.
In essence, we activate citizens to become a big part of the solution.
Together, we can stop suicide!
Challenge #1: We must increase public awareness and shift public perceptions regarding the facts and myths associated to the subject of suicide.
We need to encourage empathy through education.
Our Response: We teach citizens how to talk about suicide and equip them with a village approach to suicide safety.
These are our “role models".
Challenge #2: We must train 12-15% of our citizens with the knowledge and skills to spot people at risk for suicide and intervene.
We need to save the lives of those at risk.
Our Response: We ensure that there is one fully trained suicide first responder for every 16 people with “eyes” on the problem. This provides a high degree of safety from suicide and self-harm.
These are our “lifeguards”.
Challenge #3: We must remove the enormous stigma of suicide experienced by surviving family members, surviving attempters and those struggling with suicidal thinking. These people suffer the devastating effects of suicide in isolation and silence.
We need to erase this stigma from every segment of our society.
Our Response: We must cultivate safe places where those impacted deeply by suicide can talk honestly about the struggles they are facing and be encouraged. These are our “overcomers”.
Challenge #4: We must teach people how to alleviate the excessive amount of psychological, emotional and physical stress they are putting themselves through on a daily basis.
We must inspire self-care behaviours.
Our Response: We equip citizens with tools they can use to take charge of the quality of life they wish to experience and to help others.
These are our “champions”.
Encourage your leaders, influencers and decision makers to contact us in order to set up a round table discussion on how we can resolve the suicide problem in your community.
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