The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC is committed to giving individuals, groups, and communities support and hope. Their distress services provide support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia on 24/7 basis. They offer training programs for both youth and adults to increase awareness about suicide, strengthen intervention skills, facilitate growth and recovery after a suicide experience and provide empowering tools for resiliency.
We felt it was appropriate to contribute our 2022 holiday donation to the Crisis Centre following the release of the National Study on the Psychological Health Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada in October 2022. This was the first comprehensive National study on wellness in the legal profession which was published by Sherbrooke University in Quebec. The study reported that legal professionals suffer, “significantly high levels of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, burnout and suicidal ideation”.
Alarmingly, 66.8% of the study participants who had had suicidal thoughts since the beginning of their practice did not seek help when they felt the need to do so. The report’s findings confirmed the urgency and importance of supporting a charity that offers vital mental health services to not only our colleagues within in the legal profession but to anyone who is feeling vulnerable and struggling with their mental health.
Roper Greyell COO, Adam Garvin, and Partner and head of the firm’s EDI committee, Sandra Guarascio, recently paid visit to The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC where they met with members of the team in presenting them with their $10,000 holiday donation cheque. Sandra Guarascio reflects on her visit to the centre:
“Visiting the offices of the Crisis Centre was inspiring and we at Roper Greyell are honoured to support the important work of this organization that is fueled by passionate staff and volunteers. Their mission is to provide help and hope to individuals and communities through timely access to barrier free confidential support and education and training programs that destigmatize suicide and mental health concerns and increase awareness and skills for mental health.
While visiting, we walked through the hallway of recognition where volunteers who had generously dedicated thousands of hours of time were honoured. What an incredible difference this organization makes at a time when supports for mental health are increasingly in demand”.
For more information on the Crisis Centre of BC and how you can support their work, visit: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca