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Suicide Prevention event in Springdale bringing awareness to mental health

Walk/candle light vigil tonight


Published on September 11, 2017

A Suicide Prevention Night event will take place in Springdale Monday from 7-8:30 p.m.

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SPRINGDALE, NL — Sometimes the world can be a lonely place filled with struggles, but Vanessa Falconer knows it doesn’t have to be.  

She is an early youth outreach worker with Central Health, specializing in mental health and addictions services. She knows all too well the challenges life presents to people in it.

It is just to bring to light the importance of giving hope to those suffering with mental health issues, and to bring awareness to what is available in our community and surrounding towns.

Vanessa Falconer, early youth outreach worker

Monday, she is part of a group in Springdale bringing attention to suicide. It is a far too familiar problem that claims thousands of people a year in this country, and it is often an issue that still remains hidden or not talked about.

That is part of the underlying issue, and one Falconer hopes to help change.

“Suicide is something that is definitely not talked about often, so it is something people need to be aware of if they are experiencing those issues or if they know loved ones experiencing issues,” she said. “They need to know there is hope and help. That is the whole point of this event, to emphasize there is help and it is OK to reach out.”

It is the second annual World Suicide Prevention Night walk/candle vigil in Springdale. It is being held a day after World Suicide Prevention Day, which occurs annually Sept. 10.

“It is just to bring to light the importance of giving hope to those suffering with mental health issues, and to bring awareness to what is available in our community and surrounding towns,” Falconer said. “At the same time, it is a chance to remember those we have been lost to such a tragic event.”

The help available locally includes mental health and addictions counselors available through Central Health. Falconer also referenced the “Bridge the Gap” app and peer support groups called CHANNAL.

World Suicide Prevention Night walk/candle vigil

When: Monday, Sept. 11

Where: Town hall and Red Leaf Centre

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Details: Greetings will come from a Town of Springdale representative, Vanessa Falconer – early youth outreach worker (mental health and addictions services), and special greetings from MHA Brian Warr and Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Lisa Dempster.

There will be a short walk along Main Street, a moment of silence, and information and display board on wellness and mental health issues.