Suicide Prevention Week goes this week

Various events scheduled throughout tri-region to bring awareness.

Suicide Prevention Week is now underway, with various events running throughout the week in the tri-region.

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has the theme of “You are Tough Enough”.

The week of awareness began Sunday with the 16th-annual Rotary Run for Life, which raises funds for Suicide and Mental Health initiatives in the tri-region.

Tonight welcomes speaker and social worker Eugena Maguire of Parenting Human Beings. She brings her talk “Into the Heart of Suicide”; a look at understanding suicide through our need for connection. As a survivor of her own mother’s suicide, Eugena has spent years trying to understand suicide. That goes at 5:30 at Heritage Park. You can call 780-963-8583 for tickets, which cost $10.

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day.

On Thursday, the Grant Fuhr Arena plays host to SafeTALK, which focuses on understanding the signs that someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide and how to get them help.  Attendees must pre-register by phoning 780-963-8583 ($50).

FCSS initially planned to host two garden builds to promote family connection, volunteering and physical activity for good mental health. FCSS says they’re helping out the local community gardens that need expansion and upgrades. You’re asked to bring closed-toed shoes, your family, and some tools if possible. 

The first build was scheduled for Sept. 10 in Spruce Grove but has been cancelled due to the rainy conditions. 

Saturday's build is now tentative. If the weather cooperates, it'll be hosted at the Stony Plain Multicentre Community Garden at 5413-51 Street, and go from 1-4:00 p.m.

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