Sui­cide Preven­tion event bring­ing aware­ness to men­tal health

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CORY HUR­LEY

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.

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

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

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