STONY PLAIN, AB: The Town of Stony Plain’s Community and Social Development team invites the Tri-Region to join them on September 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, for an empowering Roots of Hope event dedicated to suicide awareness and healing. The event will be held along the walking trail south of Westview Health Centre and Brookview playground, and aims to increase awareness while promoting life, hope, and support for those facing mental health challenges.

Suicide Awareness Week, observed from September 4 to 10, serves as a reminder of the pressing need to address mental health issues in our society. Stony Plain is dedicated to fostering a community of support and understanding, making a positive impact on mental health and suicide prevention.

The upcoming Roots of Hope event will feature the wisdom of an Elder's land teaching, providing attendees with an opportunity to connect with Indigenous culture. Participants will also have the chance to take part in a tree-planting ceremony, commemorating those lost to suicide and fostering a sense of remembrance and healing in the community.

Additionally, there will be a rock painting activity, where individuals can decorate rocks with messages of hope, love, and healing. These rocks will be placed around the base of the tree as a symbol of solidarity and support for those who may be struggling, and in honor of loved ones who have been impacted by suicide.

“The Roots of Hope event is an opportunity to come together as a united community during Suicide Awareness Week,” says Mayor William Choy. “By promoting awareness, offering support, and fostering hope, we can make a meaningful impact on mental health and suicide prevention in the Tri-Region. Join us on September 7 as we plant the seeds of change and cultivate a future filled with hope and resilience.”

Event Details:

Registration: Visit our Event Brite page for details and a map with the exact location of the event.

Date: September 7

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Walking trail south of Westview Health Centre and Brookview playground (Parking in the hospital parking lot is not permitted, please use public parking along the streets of Brookview Way or 44 Avenue).

All ages are welcome to attend and participate. If mobility is a barrier, please contact Community & Social Development at 780-963-8583 for assistance.