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Fort McMurray to mark world suicide prevention day

PHOTO. supplied. If you are looking for mental health support call the 24 hour help line.

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Sun., Sept. 10.

It is an internationally recognized event designed to raise awareness and to strengthen commitment and action to prevent suicide. It brings communities and organizations together in efforts to save lives.

Suicide affects people of all genders, ages and ethnicities. Each year more Albertans die by suicide than motor vehicle collisions. As a result, many Albertans have been impacted by suicide.

Fort McMurray will be hosting activities to create awareness around suicide.

On Mon., Sept. 11 Alberta Health Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Some Other Solutions (SOS) will be providing suicide prevention resources and conversation at Mitchell’s Café from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. and at Stac’s Fine Food on 10023 MacDonald Ave. from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m.

If you or someone you know is struggling, call the SOS crisis line at 780-743-HELP, the Canadian Mental Health Association at 780-743-1053, or the Health Link at 811 to connect you to services and support in your area.

There is also a 24 hour line, 211,  if you’re unsure about who to call.