Suicide Prevention Month

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but every day is a time to raise awareness on this topic. This month’s goal is to spread hope and vital information to people who are affected by suicide. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month's other goal is to ensure individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek help, if need be. "It's hugely important I think for several reasons. For those people who are experiencing — perhaps feeling somewhat hopeless or helpless situations they find themselves in, particularly those engaged in a battle with COVID-19," said Michael Fedunec, counselling services supervisor for Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). FCSS has services available in Barnwell, Barons, Coaldale, Coalhurst, Lethbridge County, County of Warner, Coutts, Milk River, M.D. of Taber, Nobleford, Picture Butte, Raymond, Stirling, Taber, Vauxhall, and Warner. The objective of offering these essential services is to strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities by providing professional counselling services to residents experiencing stress or difficulties in their life. Counselling inquires or appointments can be made by contacting 587-370-3728 or counsellingservices@fcss.ca or by booking online. "I generally think it's more so males, and I would say an educated guess would be women typically have stronger relationships — so they have best friends, they have people they talk to and often more prone to seek out verses men who typically wait to reach out,” added Fedunec. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, the presence or absence of a mental illness is not a predictor of mental health; someone without a mental illness could have poor mental health, just as a person with a mental illness could have excellent mental health. If you or someone you know needs help, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service number is 1-800-273-8255 and will connect you to a certified crisis centre.

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Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News

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