Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Canadian Mental Health Association of the Kootenays is recognizing the occasion with an awareness event Monday night.
Its happening 8 pm Monday night at Cranbrook’s Rotary Park.
Regional Gatekeeper Coordinator Lyle Stewart is urging residents to reach out to family or friends who might need your help.
“We think its important to get out and talk to the community about suicide as a real thing that happens to our community,” Stewart says. “Let people know that its okay to talk about suicide. Share your feelings and your thoughts so that we can work and help suicide become more preventable.”
Stewart says there are support programs available for anyone dealing with suicidal thoughts.
“We’re here to help people with those issues and concerns around suicide,” Stewart says. “Our crisis line, our 1-800 suicide line or 310 mental health are manned by volunteers who are there to listen to people with problems in crisis.”
Monday night’s event will highlight local support programs and services.
It will include a candlelight vigil for local residents lost.
– Lyle Stewart, Regional Gatekeeper Coordinator – Canadian Mental Health Association of the Kootenays