Not so many years ago, mental health in general, and suicide in particular, were topics seldom broached in public. Still today a death from suicide is reported essentially in code, if it must be reported at all by media outlets.
Suicide is a devastatingly difficult decision to accept for those left behind. Fortunately, a spotlight has been shone on the topic more recently and help for both those considering ending their life and the survivors of those who do is more visible and accessible. In terms of preventing a tragic outcome, there is something that everyone can do. Be aware of the signs and be ready to help. To that end, several local organizations are planning a workshop aimed at those who want to know how to read and react to those signs.
Community members are invited to learn how to be a suicide-alert helper at a workshop on April 20, from 5 to 9pm at the Harriston Public Library. No previous experience or training is needed, just a desire to become more ready, willing and able to help. The community partnership event is offered by the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington Dufferin, Safe Communities Wellington, Get In Touch For Hutch, North for Youth, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington.
To register for the event go to https://safetalk-april20.eventbrite.ca or call Gabriella Ieropoli at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7603. Your decision to attend could be a lifesaver.