The London Free Press, September 9, 2013, Ian Gillespie
Very few people are prepared to talk about (suicide), because as it stands now, there are always going to be people who condemn when someone talks about experiencing mental illness,” he says. “But by talking about it, people can start to understand it.”
His words echo the message of the Lifting the Silence Memorial Walk slated for Tuesday evening in Victoria Park: The theme of that event is Stigma: A major barrier to suicide prevention.
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Metro News. September 12, 2013, Scott Taylor.
It’s one of the last frontiers — the stigma many feel uncomfortable discussing and one that too often ends tragically.
To contradict a once-popular song, suicide isn’t painless. Not by a long shot.
Yet one of the easiest and most effective ways to save someone is talking to them, to ask them questions and really listen to them.
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Join us for the
9th Annual Lifting the Silence Memorial Walk and Ceremony
When: September 10th, 2014
Where: Victoria Park, Clarence Street London, ON
Time 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Why: To honour those lost to suicide and their loved ones
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London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council
are proud to announce the launch of their new website
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