As fall schedules begin to fill up, we ask that you consider how you and your organization can support the following important Days of Awareness .
National Suicide Prevention Day is marked on September 10th. Since 2003, this internationally recognized event has had a significant impact on everyone’s lives by bringing suicide prevention research and support into the mainstream. World Suicide Prevention Day is observed by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention which assists those who are depressed, as well as individuals who have tried to commit suicide.
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International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21st. Resolutions of the United Nations created this day 1981. This day emphasizes the need of promoting peace, humanity, and empathy among people. This is a long-running worldwide platform that helps everyone participating with Peace Day, starting with the biannual 100-day Clock.
Orange-Shirt-Day is celebrated on September 30th. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself. It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.
Take Back The Night Foundation® is celebrated during the whole month of September. The earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN events began in the 1960’s in Belgium and England with protests about women not feeling safe walking down the street alone at night. In 1973, in the United States, a group of women at the University of Southern Florida dressed in black sheets, held broomsticks, and marched through campus demanding a women’s center. In 1975, a crowd in Philadelphia held a Take Back the Night Event to protest the murder of a microbiologist walking home after work. In the 70’s, San Francisco had a number of rallies in protest of “snuff” pornography and violence against women.