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Survivors of Suicide Day

Every year, CMHA – Calgary Region works with a group of devoted volunteers to present a day of connection and support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. This year’s event will be held on November 16, 2013 at Heritage Park’s Wainwright Hotel.

Each year over 200 people attend the event, share their stories, listen to speakers’ emotional journeys and support one another as the topic of suicide is brought into the light.

Every year in Alberta, more than 4,000 people face unthinkable news: a family member, friend, or co-worker has taken his or her own life. In 2010, there were 513 deaths by suicide. While not everyone who dies by suicide has a mental health issue, it is estimated that more than 90 per cent of people who die by suicide has a mental health issue.

Those left behind by a loved one’s suicide cope not only with their grief, but also the isolating stigma that shrouds suicide.

Canadian Mental Health Association РCalgary Region has hosted the annual Survivors of Suicide Day (SOS Day) since 2005, part of an international  network that gives survivors of suicide an opportunity to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.

Survivors of Suicide Day was created in 1999 by United States Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who had lost his father to suicide. Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)  promotes the nationwide event, broadcasted by satellite and on the web, the Saturday prior to American Thanksgiving.

Out of the Darkness Memorial Walk will take place on the morning of November 16, 2013. 7 a.m. registration.

Click here for more information or to register. To learn more about you can be involved call (403) 297-1700 or email info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

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