Suicide awareness Sept 10

A candle in their memory

Are you concerned about the mental health of someone you know, perhaps even someone you are close to? Seek help. There are resources within the Prairie Mountain health region.

September 10, will mark the 15th annual World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD); a day for communities to come together to raise awareness about suicide and to spread the message that help, hope, and healing are possible.

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On that day Brandon Suicide Prevention Implementation Network (SPIN) will host a World Suicide Prevention Day event to honour and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have helped build healthy, resilient communities.

People are invited to join in over the lunch hour at 638 Princess Ave, (The Brandon Youth Centre). 

For training opportunities and registration information, as well as a list of KeepSafe resources, go to or visit www.prairiemountainhealth.

There is also a FREE SafeTALK being offered at Elspeth Reid Family Resource Center in Brandon on September 10 at 5:30-8:30. Please contact Kaila to register at 204-578-2490.

Suicide prevention is not a clearly understood science by any means.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention estimates that over 4000 Canadians die by suicide each year, and suicide continues to be the ninth leading cause of death overall - the second leading cause of death for youth.  

If a friend or loved one talks or behaves in a way that makes you believe he or she is experiencing thoughts of suicide, encourage them to access help from a trained professional or encourage the person to call a suicide hotline: Westman Crisis Services (1-888-3797699) or Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (1-877-435-7170).   

For those grieving a loved one lost to suicide, a lit candle in your window at 8:00 p.m. on September 10 sends a message that you care. The candle also signifies the need for suicide prevention education.

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