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Full afternoon planned for World Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday afternoon has a full slate of activities planned in Lloydminster for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Co-chair Neil Harris with the Walk of Remembrance committee explains the annual walk will be held at Bud Miller Park from 3 p.m. and it’s an opportunity for people to walk, visit, gain support and provide resource information.

“We will be set up by the kids spray park and that’s open to anyone. There’s no cost. It’s now a fundraiser. It’s a chance for families and friends to gather and gain some support and remember a loved one lost to suicide.”

Harris discusses the use of more mindful language and sensitivity about the impact of suicide.

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“We encourage people to choose language that is more thoughtful of the family of those who are left behind after a death  like that. Just using words like died by suicide.”

Following the walk, they will reconvene at the Legacy Centre for beef-on-a-bun at 5:30 p.m. and then a talk on mental health from Allan Kehler. That event which is planned in conjunction with the city’s Family and Community Support Services or FCSS is already fully booked.

However, the mental health advocate will also be speaking in Wainwright on Sept. 8 and Provost, Sep. 9, before his Lloydminster engagement.

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