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What’s the role of a Champion?

The role of a Buddy Up Champion is to support a buddy who may be struggling, to learn about men’s suicide prevention and to encourage others to become involved.

Here are some ideas of how you can Champion Buddy Up:

Participate in the June Challenge

Stay tuned for the Buddy Up Challenge happening in June!

Post on Social

We have sample posts to share on your social media, or you can come up with your own message of support! We also have some images you can include with your post, sized for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Put Up Posters

Put up posters around your group; we recommend placing posters in high-traffic areas like washrooms, lunchrooms, or elevators. Download the posters here, or request swag to order hard copies.

Use a Buddy Up background

Promote the campaign by downloading the Buddy Up digital background to use on Zoom, Teams, or other virtual meeting platform.

Add us to your email signature

Add a Buddy Up badge to your email signature to let people know you support the campaign and to spread the word!

Send an email

Recruit other people and organizations to join the campaign and educate people about the issue of men’s suicide by sending an email or writing a letter.

Watch the Webinar

Check out the Buddy Up webinar to learn more about this initiative and hear about how it can be brought into organizations.

Host an Education Session

Contact Akash to book an education session for your group, or make men’s suicide prevention and the topic of a meeting or safety meeting in your group, using the Preventing suicide in men toolkit as a discussion or content guide.

Make a Donation

Centre for Suicide Prevention is a non-profit education centre. For 40 years, we’ve been equipping Canadians with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide.

Join us in the Run for Life

From Sept. 18-25, participate in the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s virtual Run for Life to raise awareness for suicide prevention and remember those we’ve lost to suicide.

Read the Toolkit

Learn more about the issue of men and suicide with our toolkit, where you’ll learn about statistics, warning signs, why men are more at risk, and how suicide can be prevented. You’ll also learn how to have a conversation with someone you’re worried about.

Stick on a Sticker

Request free Buddy Up swag after you’ve signed up to become a Champion and we’ll send you Buddy Up stickers that can spark a conversation.

Request Swag

We have lots of free swag to help you get the message out that men’s suicide can be prevented, which is free for you as a Champion to use during Buddy Up Campaign month and beyond.

  • Stickers
  • Car air fresheners
  • Persona Posters
  • Infographic Posters
  • Toolkits
  • Wallet cards with conversation tips

Buddy Up Month is in June 2022

Here’s a list of things you can do to support men’s suicide prevention during our
campaign month. But there’s no need to wait until then to take action. Many of these activities can happen any time of year.

Keep the magic flowing all month long

  • Post about Buddy Up on social media
  • Distribute print and digital information about men and suicide
  • Participate in the Buddy Up Challenge and keep track of your activity
  • Engage people in your group through discussion around men and suicide, including in meetings and webinars
  • Reach out to a friend show you care about them
  • Recruit others to be Champions

Become a Champion

Champions support their friends, stay informed, have fun and help spread the word. And during our yearly campaign, participating groups can win a prize!