72 Hours for Life

72 hours for life is a multi-day community event which  takes place each September in Hamilton Ontario.


Why 72 Hours for Life?

It represents the 72 Hours in which someone is hospitalized when they are under “Suicide Watch”

This initiative offers 72 hours of “reflection and training” leading up to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th


Our event is run in partnership with the Living Rock and all activities (except for SafeTALK training) are free for youth and Youth Allies. We focus on wellness, suicide prevention training, cultivating a culture of openness and acceptance, and remembering the lives of those who have been lost to suicide.

Below you will find this year’s schedule. Please share this page with anyone you know who is a youth. working with or supporting youth, and interested in suicide prevention.

If you are looking for help now, please visit the Crisis Links Page to find numbers for suicide hotlines with professionals who are trained to assist during a crisis.

If you would like to volunteer for our event please contact us

2016 Event Schedule


Wednesday Sept7th 2016 Pre- Event Registration  (Hours 1-12)

Theme -“Reasons to Live”

Beginning of Registration and “Kick Off” and Live Bravely Braided Bracelets

(Commitment of 72 hours of “learning and reflection”)

7:00-9:30pm@ The Living Rock Movie Night. Theme “Reasons to Live”

Safe zones in Rock Crisis Resource room and Prayer Room

Day One-Thursday Sept 8th (Hours 12 – 36)

7:45-9:30am@ The Living Rock Breakfast and Suicide Trivia with Schizophrenic Society of Hamilton.

10:00am-12:00pm @The Living Rock Chalking- Vision, Hope, Future

1:30pm to 4:30pm @The Living Rock  SafeTALK -$20 for adults – Free for youth who apply and have not done SafeTALK in the past.

6:30pm to 9:00pm@The Living Rock  Dodgeball and Coffee House at the Rock. Music with Robin Benedict, Mike and Meaghan and Alan Craig. Raffle and prizes.

***All day Booth Presentations – Community Resources to support Suicide Prevention****

Safe Zones located in Rock Crisis Resource Room and Prayer Room


Day 2-  Friday September 9th (Hours 36 -60 and International FASD day)

7:45am to 9:30am@The Living Rock – Breakfast Program

9:30 to 10:30@The Living Rock – “Coping with Grief and Loss” –Panel on Grief – with Art Expression

1:00pm -2:30pm@The Living Rock  – Pamela Robinson talks about Overcoming “Pet Peeves”

2:30pm – 4:00pm@The Living Rock  – Circle of Caring- Group activities to promote trust, connection, and compassion

Safe Zones located in Rock Crisis Resource Room and Prayer Room

Day 3- Saturday Sept 10th –(Hours 60-72 and 13th Annual World Suicide Prevention Day)

13th Annual World Suicide Prevention DayTheme: Connect. Communicate. Care

8:30am-9:30am @The Living Rock– Healthy Mind and Mood Breakfast

9:30am-10:00am @The Living Rock–  Drum Circle

10:00am to 12:00pm@The Living Rock –  Wellness Workshop 1:30 to 8:00 Saturday Weekend

12:00pm- 5:00pm-Chalk Messages of Hope Grafton Square and visit to Memorial Tree in Dundas Driving Park (Leave from The Living Rock at 12:00pm- returning at 5:00pm)

** Please mark Ride Away Stigma in Your Calendars as Well!: – September 25,

Ride Away Stigma- September 25, 2016 at Dundas Driving Park  join

Join Danielle as she rides in and meet for the closing ceremony of her journey (Sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, the Canadian Association for suicide prevention and St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton)

“Ride Away Stigma” Overview: Danielle was the daughter of a well-respected physician and loving father, who died by suicide in 1999. As a young girl in grade 8, she remembers feeling emotionally unstable and after her mother intervened, she finally sought therapy. She eventually finished her Master of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York and her goal is to help remove stigma, make people seek help and feel comfortable by riding her bike across Canada.

Our Partners

Many thanks to the following groups and business who support and help to make 72 Hours for Life possible:

Compassion and Peace. org

The Commons 

CONTACT Hamilton

Copy Dog

Crossfire Assembly

The Emowell Project

Ecstatic Vitality

Fix Our World


Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Urban Native Homes

Leaders in Global Health Transformations McMaster 

Evolove Healing 

If you are feeling suicidal please call a crisis line (<– click to find a number) or dial 911 for immediate assistance.  Your life matters!  Please reach out for help!