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About

Our Vision is:

To reduce suicide, suicidal behaviour, and their effects, by promoting positive alternatives and healthy coping skills.

Our Mission is:

To Listen to people’s stories of their struggles with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, and help them find hope and support through increased coping skills and healthy behaviors.

To Raise Awareness and understanding of head health and to promote open dialogue in our community about mental health issues.

To Support those who have suffered loss to suicide, to listen to their heartbreaking stories, and to help them find understanding and strength to move forward.

To Teach that it is life-saving to ask about suicidal thoughts and to reach out to help friends and family members find the support and resources they need to live healthy, productive lives.

To Keep Faith with our community, to best manage the financial resources entrusted to us, and to respect and value our dedicated and passionate employees.

No single intervention can prevent all suicides. Research and experience have shown that suicide is most effectively prevented by a comprehensive, community approach. Suicide Prevention Resource Centre (SPRC) provides community resources focusing on mental wellness and reduction of death by suicide.  We offer programming for people of all ages, addressing mental health issues in children, teens, and men and women of all ages from all walks of life.

SPRC addresses mental health issues and the reduction of death by suicide by focusing on these key strategies to provide a comprehensive community approach to suicide reduction.

Identify People at RiskIdentify People at Risk - A significant portion of people who are at risk for suicide will not seek help on their own. Identifying people who are at risk for suicide is an essential strategy if suicide prevention activities are to reach those in need. SPRC offers several programs designed to teach everyone in our community how to recognize and respond to people at risk. To find an awareness program that best suits you, explore the information under Programs.

 

Increase Help SeekingIncrease Help Seeking - Teaching people to recognize when they need emotional support or professional help—as well as how to find such help—can enable them to take steps that lower their risk of suicide. Barriers to help-seeking can include cultural traditions that value individual independence or frown upon seeking help outside of the family, or a person’s belief that the problems s/he is facing cannot be resolved even with assistance. SPRC is here to help you get help.

 

Provide Access to Mental HealthProvide Access to Mental Health Services - Providing access to effective mental health services can involve helping people overcome financial, cultural, and logistical barriers to mental health care. It can also include training mental health care providers to assess and manage suicide risk effectively. SPRC provides referral services to Alberta Health Services and to community counselling services. Mental health awareness and understanding is a community issue and needs community solutions. SPRC provides a number of workshops for caregivers and health care providers who are seeking to increase their understanding of suicide and suicidal behaviour. For more information, explore our website or call our office at 780-539-6680.

 

Establish Procedures for Crisis Management and Postvention SupportEstablish Procedures for Crisis Management and Postvention Support - Schools, colleges, health care facilities, businesses and other organizations—including community—should be prepared to respond to suicidal crises such as a suicide attempt or an imminent risk that a person will attempt suicide. This response can include a number of participants, including emergency medical services, crisis lines, mental health service providers, and law enforcement. Organizations and communities should also be able to provide or arrange for postvention programs to help people who are affected by the suicide of a family member, friend, classmate, patient, or co-worker. SPRC can assist your organization or business in developing procedures and plans for Crisis Management. We can help you make arrangements for postvention support. Please call our office at 780-539-6680 for more information.

 

Restrict Access to Lethal MeansRestrict Access to Lethal Means - Access to lethal means is a key risk factor for suicide. Limiting the ability of vulnerable people (especially people experiencing a suicidal crisis) to obtain and use highly lethal methods of self-harm can significantly reduce the risk of their dying by suicide. Activities that restrict access to lethal means include educating the public and the families of people at risk for suicide about safe storage of firearms and medication, distributing gun locks and other safety devices, and constructing barriers that prevent people from jumping from bridges. SPRC has resources that can help you through this process.

 

Enhance Life SkillsEnhance Life Skills - Life skills are a key protective factor for suicide prevention. Activities that enhance critical thinking, stress management, and coping skills can help people as they confront new challenges such as economic stress, divorce, physical illness, and aging. SPRC runs several programs designed to enhance life skills in at risk populations, including children and teens, men struggling to cope with stress, and families struggling to recover from the loss of a loved one to suicide. Please explore our Programs tab for more information.

 

Promote Social Networks and ConnectednessPromote Social Networks and Connectedness - Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide. Supportive social relationships and community connectedness can help protect people despite the presence of other risk factors in their lives or social environment. Connectedness can be enhanced through social programs for specific population groups (such as older adults or at risk youth) as well as more general activities that promote positive and supportive communities. In addition to the programming delivered by Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, there are many supportive groups within our community. We can help you find the supports that best suit your need. Please call our office for more information (780-539-6680).

History

The seeds of Suicide Prevention Resource Centre were planted in 1982, when a community inter-agency committee was established with oversight provided by PACE (Providing Advise, Counselling and Education).  This working group was called Community Inter-agency Suicide Prevention Program (CISSP), and was most commonly referred to as Suicide Prevention Program.

Adolescent Treatment Group was initiated in 1989 in response to concerns regarding teen suicide, and delivered by a team from Children’s Services and Mental Health therapists, with administrative support from CISSP.  This group evolved over time to The Breakfast Club, and moved from a workshop presentations to the current structure of weekend retreats with follow-up programming.  The Breakfast Club is our longest running program.

In 1996, the Men’s Support Group was formed with support from Catholic Family Services.  Throughout this time, CISSP had been providing the northwest Alberta with intervention skills training, and public presentations designed to raise awareness of suicide and mental health Issues. Tough Enough to Talk About It was added in 1999.

By 2006, suicide prevention had outgrown its role as an inter-agency committee, and it was time to seek independent status as a registered non-profit.  The process was long, but rewarding, and in December of 2007, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre was officially born. Community Helpers joined our lineup of programming. Staff grew from one coordinator in 1982 to nine dedicated employees today.