Friday September 9, 2011


Community Event

Hope Together 

Stó:lō invite community to Centre for World Suicide Prevention Day Sept 10

Released by Francine Douglas


he stats are alarming. In 2005, 484 people committed suicide in BC and n the last 30-years, over 100,000 Canadians have taken their own lives.


On Saturday, Stó:lō Nation are inviting the public to join them at the Resource Centre on World

Suicide Prevention Day for "Let's Hope Together" celebration. The event will feature a salmon lunch, candle vigil and "In Memory Ceremony", medicine wheel activities and Cedar Hearts crafts.

"We have all been touched by suicide. Let's come together to hope, to pray, to celebrate life," said event co-ordinator Francine Douglas.

For more suicide statistic information go here.

The following is the press release issued by Francine Douglas on Wednesday;

Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health, is an MCFD program with one of three bases in Chilliwack, B.C. with services covering from Burnaby to Hope and Boston Bar, B.C. They know the importance of ceremony after working with the Aboriginal community for the past several years, which is why they are celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day with community and ceremony at the Stó:lō Resource Center on the Stó:lō Nation grounds in Chilliwack, B.C., on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 11am – 3pm.

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Disseminating information, improving education and training, and decreasing stigmatization are important tasks in such an endeavor. There will be a suicide prevention presentation, a salmon lunch, an ‘In Memory’ Ceremony and a candle vigil.

“Let’s Hope Together” is the motto chosen by Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health because the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day in 2011 is "Preventing Suicide in Multicultural Societies". Megan Bissky, Outreach Worker for Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health in Chilliwack says, “It’s fitting to host this special event on the Stó:lō Nation grounds, especially at the Stó:lō Resource Center because suicide impacts everyone – all cultures and all races. Our goal is to bring people together to talk about it and support each other.”

Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health, along with community partners, the Longhouse Extension Program from Stó:lō Nation are proud to be part of a heartfelt day.

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