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World Suicide Prevention Day Rally Sept 10 2019
September 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2019, Saskatoon
Saskatoon Comes Together September 10th to Rally for Change
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatoon Branch is holding a Rally at Station 20 West at 4:00 pm to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
CMHA Saskatoon is holding its 2nd Annual Rally for Suicide Prevention September 10th with speakers including Minister Ken Cheveldayoff, MLA for Willowgrove, Bob Bymoen, President of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU), MLA Danielle Chartier, NDP Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Lyndon Linklater, Indigenous Educator and survivors, parents and advocates all calling for action to address Saskatchewan’s high suicide rates.
Marilyn Irwin, community activist, a person with lived experience and parent whose son died by suicide says, “We desperately need more community mental health supports, so people can get the help they need when they need it. Too many people die waiting. And the services and systems can be complex and confusing.” In addition to in-patient programs, access to more proactive community supports is critical. “We need a Provincial Suicide Strategy for Saskatchewan,” adds Irwin.
“We know that suicide rates in Saskatchewan and Saskatoon are very high. In fact, our province has the second-highest suicide rate in Canada and the highest for youth in North America,” says Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth, after accidents. It’s time to act.”
Being able to access mental health services not only saves lives and builds stronger communities, but they also ensure everyone can be contributing members of our province. Early access to a full range of mental health services is essential.
On September 10th everyone is welcome to come together to create awareness and reduce stigma and acknowledge that suicide touches everyone. Mental health is something we all need. It’s a time to spread the message of hope, help, and healing.
Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon, cell number 306-220-5201.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatoon Branch was established in 1948. For 70 years, we’ve provided community-based mental health programs and services. We are members of the provincial and national CMHA federation. Our vision is “mental health for all.
We are located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional territory of the Cree Peoples and the Homeland of the Metis NationWorld Suicide Prevention Day Rally Sept 10 2019
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