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Events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

September 6, 2019

LETHBRIDGE – Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day, an internationally recognized event designed to raise awareness and to strengthen commitment and action to prevent suicide. It brings communities and organizations together in efforts to save lives.

Suicide affects people of all genders, ages and ethnicities. Every year, more Albertans die by suicide than motor vehicle collisions. Throughout Alberta many communities are taking part in activities to create awareness around suicide. On Sept. 10, these events include:

Lethbridge:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lethbridge Public Library, 810 5 Ave. S.:
    The Community Interagency Suicide Prevention Council is hosting a free event that includes a psychologist’s approach to dealing with hopelessness, a perspective from an emergency department nurse, a history of suicide prevention in southern Alberta, and a message from a bereaved spouse. Light lunch will be provided.

Medicine Hat:

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Veiner Centre, 225 Woodman Ave. S.E.:
    Rock the Park is a chance for the community to come together and paint rocks with messages of hope that will show support for those in distress. Supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome to get involved.

Help is available. Albertans can access mental health services and supports at AHS sites across the province. AHS is committed to providing better access to support for those experiencing thoughts of suicide and for survivors grieving a loss due to suicide.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, reach out for help. Call Health Link at 811 or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

For media inquiries, contact:

Patrick Burles
AHS Communications
403-388-6535 / 403-635-9215 (cell)