Mental Health Association Highlights Suicide Prevention

St.Clair College Sportsplex. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor/Essex County Branch has organized its second annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

“Last year we were overwhelmed by the support from the community for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week,” says CEO Claudia den Boer. “A suicide prevention coalition has been formed with many community partners. Together, they are committed to reviewing effective models for change and implementing actions that demonstrate results.”

The theme this year is “You Are Not Alone” and a week of activities kicks off Sunday with a 5K walk at the St. Clair College Sportsplex. The walk, which starts at 10am, will take participants across campus to the Herb Gray Pkwy. Trail.

You can register online.

This year’s events also include the “Go Yellow” campaign to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The association says local community partners, businesses and organizations will hold special events and training seminars.

On Tuesday, September 12 there will be a panel discussion at Walkerville Collegiate called “13 Reasons Why Not”, a play on the title of the hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” about a teenaged girl who takes her own life after experiencing bullying and sexual assault.

On Saturday, September 16 at Average Joes, the association presents Music4Minds Joins Cainerfest.