Suicide rates across the world and in the local community are likely to be affected by the current economic climate.
“Suicide isn’t caused necessarily by a recession; however we are seeing more people calling our distress line about financial troubles and the far-reaching implications these have on their families and lives,” said Jessie Baynham, executive director of Community Torchlight and Distress Centre of Wellington and Dufferin.
“Our experience is that for families and individuals who already live close to the edge of survival, may have a history of trauma etc., the loss of a job or serious financial trouble can push people into crisis – and thinking about suicide as the only option they see.”
In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day, Community Torchlight is hosting The Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Sept. 2 from 6 to 9pm at Riverside Park in Guelph.
The fundraising walk will feature a concert with local musicians, children’s activities, community resources, and a candlelight vigil in memory of those lost to suicide. All are welcome.
The walk supporting suicide awareness and prevention will raise money to help fund the distress line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.thewalk.ca.