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Raising flag — and awareness — about suicide prevention – Brantford Expositor

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201912 Views

September 18, 2019

A small group assembled near the city hall flagpoles Wednesday at noon to raise suicide prevention awareness.

At the same time, at local schools, homes and offices and at local organizations involved in suicide prevention, similar gatherings were held.

Meet Me at the Pole is a simple invitation to stand together in a public place to bring attention to a serious issue and offer a message of hope.

“We need to speak more about mental health and suicide,” said Milan Novakovic, executive assistant to Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma, who was there to speak on his behalf. “This is a very preventable cause of death.”

Based on the most recent Statistics Canada data (2016), about 11 people die by suicide every day, adding up to 4,000 deaths a year.

Read More: https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/raising-flag-and-awareness-about-suicide-prevention

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