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Area initiatives mark Suicide Prevention Day

Members of the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington Dufferin are marking World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10. A series of initiatives  are designed to reach as many people in Wellington and Dufferin counties as possible.
The council’s approach was to encourage council members to connect with people who matter in their lives and to commit to doing “one thing” that would be meaningful in their work, volunteer or personal lives, a news release said.
As part of that message of connecting, the council is inviting members of the public to be involved in some way that is personally meaningful on Sept. 10.
The following is a list of some of the initiatives the council is involved in:
• Hospice Wellington is setting up a display and lighting a candle in support of those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
• Self Help Alliance is distributing information about resources available to locations in Guelph.
• The Wellington North H.O.P.E. Committee and Mount Forest Public library have partnered with the council to host a movie screening and discussion event on Sept. 11.
• Family Counselling & Support Services is creating an opportunity on Tuesday Sept. 9 during its ‘Walk-in Service’ hours to promote hope and resiliency as key to helping people cope with life challenges.
• Dufferin Child & Family Services is raising awareness in local high schools and has organized a tree planting ceremony as a symbol of hope, strength and growth.
• Canadian Mental Health Association will be providing both a virtual and physical inter-active display of a ‘Tree of Life’ where messages of hope and resiliency can be shared at all of its public sites.
• Upper Grand District School Board is providing information about suicide and links to helpful resources on its website and is planning suicide awareness workshops for staff, students and parents during the coming year.
• ‘Integrating Loss’ bereavement support in Dufferin is offering an opportunity for those who have been impacted by suicide to gather for discussion.
• Homewood/CMHA educator who works with seniors is presenting to an older adults group in Puslinch on ‘Depression and Suicide.’
• Community Torchlight is initiating plans for a suicide awareness event in partnership with the council.
For more information about suicide and mental health, visit suicideprevention.ca.
or mentalhealthcommission.ca.

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