Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Sept 10 - Suicide Prevention Week

In 2009 *78% of suicides in Alberta were male1.
Suicide is a silent issue that affects thousands of people each year - including obviously those who are left behind.  There are more annual deaths by suicide in Alberta than motor vehicle accidents2.

On September 9th, the Edmonton Support network holds a "Lift the Silence" Event in conjunction with  National Suicide Prevention Week and it's own  bereavement programs.

I find it a bit ironic that their tag line is "Lift the Silence, Begin the Healing" as they appear to do anything but engage in active and healthy dialogue - but do encourage support survivor, prevention, and hope.

Friday September 9, 2011 | 4-7pm
10th Annual Lift the Silence: Suicide Awareness March
Edmonton City Hall, 10248 99 Street NW Edmonton
4:00pm – registration
4:30pm – opening ceremony (prevention presentation and march kick-off)
5:00pm – march through downtown
5:30pm – memorial tribute at Sir Winston Churchill Square
5:45pm – reception at Edmonton City Hall

1) In 2009, 380 of 487 suicides ages 10-90 were males.
2) In 2009, there were 382 deaths from All Motor Vehicle+Related (includes Traffic, Farm, Occupational & Sport/Recreation).
SOURCE: Office of Chief Medical Examiner 2009

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