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:
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.
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