Suicide Prevention Week: You Are Tough Enough

Posted On Tuesday September 03, 2019

This year’s theme for Suicide Prevention Week is “You are Tough Enough”: You are tough enough to get through another day, you are tough enough to speak out about mental health, you are tough enough to help someone struggling and you are tough enough to overcome the stigmas and taboos that surround suicide and mental health. 

“Suicide doesn’t discriminate by age, gender or your socio-economic standing; everyone is susceptible to changes in their mental and physical health that can lead to the choice to end life.  At work, at home or at school, individuals need to be able to talk about mental health openly, without judgement or fear of repercussions to navigate these times of crisis.”- Angela Fetch Muzyka, Community Development Coordinator for Creating Hope.

Suicide Prevention Week runs September 8 - September 14 with World Suicide Day September 10.

This year our campaign focuses on the strength that comes from being connected.  Connect at our events:

  • September 8 Rotary Run for Life  The 16th Annual Run raises funds for Suicide and Mental Health initiatives in the Tri-region.  Volunteer or run to help the cause.
  • September 9 Speaker and Social Worker Eugena Maguire of Parenting Human Beings, brings her talk “Into the Heart of Suicide”; a look at understanding suicide through our need for connection.  As a survivor of her own mother’s suicide Eugena has spent years trying to understand suicide.

5:30 pm Heritage Park, call 780.963.8583 for tickets, $10

  • Two garden builds in Stony Plain and Spruce Grove promote family connection, volunteering and physical activity for good mental health.  We are helping out the local community gardens that need expansion and upgrades.  Bring closed toed shoes, your family, and if you can some tools drills, hammers, shovels etc.
    • September 10 Spruce Grove Agricultural Community Garden 455 King Street Spruce Grove 5:30-8:30 pm Candlelight Ceremony to Follow
    • September 14 Stony Plain MultiCentre Community Garden 5413-51 Street Stony Plain 1 -4 pm
  • September 12 SafeTALK allows everyone to learn the signs that someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide and how to get them help.  Must Pre-Register $50 call 780.963.8583

Contact information:  Angela Fetch Muzyka, Community Development Coordinator, Creating Hope, 780.963.2151 Ext. 1955