Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo-Chilcotin Branch will mark World Suicide Prevention Day with an awareness lunch at Save-on-Foods, Monday, Sept. 10. Tribune file photo

Working to prevent suicide

In Williams Lake, approximately five people die by suicide every year

Janice Breck

Special to the Tribune

This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 is Working Together to Prevent Suicide.

According to Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention (CASP), it is estimated that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 200 make a suicide attempt.

Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social and ethnic boundaries.

The pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable, and their deaths leave countless family and friends bereaved and their communities impacted.

For every person who dies by suicide, at least seven to 10 people are affected.

In Williams Lake, approximately five people die by suicide every year.

It’s a very difficult topic to discuss but it’s necessary for all of us to speak up and speak out and work together to prevent suicide.

Please join us, Canadian Mental Health Association – Cariboo Chilcotin Branch, on Monday, Sept. 10, at Save On Foods for lunch.

A combo of hot dog, chips and pop is $5.00, or $2.00 per item.

Please feel free to stop by and say “hi” and let us know you read our online article.

Our goal is to shine a light on this important issue, sending a message to those who are despairing, grieving and those supporting someone who is struggling that help, hope and healing are possible.

Working together, we can prevent suicide.

For anyone who may be struggling, or needs someone to talk to please call the Interior Crisis Line at 1-888-353-2273 or 1-800-784-2433 (1-800SUICIDE).

Janice Breck is the executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo-Chilcotin Branch. It is a non-profit organization

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