Soles Remembering Souls
In Tribute to World Suicide Prevention Day
Soles Remembering Souls
September 10, 2019 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC
Free Gathering at the Gazebo
A total of 74 participants attended this event.
Below is a photo of many of these attendees, taken at the end of the event.
You are invited to access the two-sided card which was presented
at this event so that you can learn how to become Suicide Prevention.
Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend, or colleague.
People contemplating suicide often have intense feelings of shame and burdensomeness which can further drive them to secrecy. As well, many of the people we traditionally view as being strengths in our communities (first responders, military personnel, and even athletes who engage in high contact sports) suffer with silent injuries like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion.
Much research has been done in recent years connecting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion to suicide, however, people still continue to suffer in silence.
You can help with that.
We are inviting first responders, military personnel, athletes, business owners, mental health advocates, survivors of suicide loss, and any other invested community members to join us in communicating our message that WE Are Suicide Prevention.
This year, we are commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day on the day itself, during business hours. You can bring your lunch, if you wish. Whether you have been affected directly by suicide loss or not, we invite you to participate on a silent meditative walk around the waterfront to raise awareness that Suicide is Everyone’s Loss. For those of you have lost someone to suicide, we invite you to bring a photo of that person to carry during the walk.
Those who suffer from a silent injury, trauma, mental health issues, or despair will know they are not alone and that they live in a community that cares.
Opening and closing at the event will be long-time Crisis Society friend Patrick Aleck.
Bill Poppy will play the bagpipes as he leads participants walk around the outer perimeters of Maffeo Sutton Park.
You Are Suicide Prevention/We Are Suicide Prevention posters (sized for 11" x 8.5" paper in PDF format) are available for you to print or to forward to others in our communities via email: