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Suicide Prevention Network to announce new Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

Media Advisory

August 18, 2015

Contact: Deb Young, Director of Services, Haldimand – Norfolk R.E.A.C.H

Phone: (519) 587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087 ext. 284

Email: dyoung@hnreach.on.ca

Haldimand-Norfolk Suicide Prevention Network to announce new “Youth Suicide Prevention Plan” at Haldimand-Norfolk REACH – Townsend Ontario. Youth friendly phone app and locally based website an important part of the plan.

Who: Youth Advisory Group, Suicide Prevention Network members, Haldimand – Norfolk REACH staff

What: Press conference, campaign launch, photo opportunity

Where: H-N REACH 101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway, Townsend

When: Wednesday, Sept. 9th, 9:30 – 10:30 am

To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10, 2015, The Haldimand-Norfolk Suicide Prevention Network and the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan Youth Advisory Group will announce a two new youth friendly initiatives that are designed to assist youth to access services and supports quickly and easily. “Be Safe” – a smart phone app and www.hopemore.ca a website are now available for youth to use across our region.

The youth suicide prevention campaign, built around the tagline “Hope More” (in opposition to feelings of being “hopeless”) was developed in partnership with the Youth Advisory Group made up of youth from our region.  Youth Advisory Group and Suicide Prevention Network members will be available to speak to the press at the launch.

The Be Safe app was originally developed to provide assistance to youth in London and Middlesex County.  The program now includes 13 municipalities across Ontario.  The free app allows youth to make a safety plan, informs them about local mental health and addiction resources, and provides suggestions of appropriate community resources based on their level of need (identified through the use of a decision aid).  The app is available for download now for any Apple or Android mobile device at mindyourmind.ca/besafe.  It can also be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

www.hopemore.ca is a website designed in consultation with youth that provides information about supports and services that assist youth in Haldimand and Norfolk as well as Brant.

Youth in our region are already able to download and use the app, as well as access the website.  The press conference will mark the official announcement about these initiatives.

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