Sept. 7, 2016
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place Sept. 10, is an opportunity for all citizens to join with the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote understanding of suicide.
Across Canada, people will gather in communities to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, comfort those who grieve and strengthen our connection with each other. During World Suicide Prevention Day, we remember that by reaching out and being connected we can save lives.
The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council and Wilfrid Laurier University are hosting a number of activities Saturday, Sept. 10 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus in partnership with Mysterious Barricades, an inaugural cross-Canada concert for hope and awareness, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP).
“Waterloo Region has always been very supportive of this event, and we are so pleased to bring such a variety of events including the opportunity to attend this special concert,” said Tana Nash, executive director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council.
The Mysterious Barricades initiative has given Laurier’s Faculty of Music the opportunity to partner with the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council and Laurier’s Office of Student Affairs for the first time as part of a meaningful day around the issue of mental health and suicide prevention awareness.
“Music’s universal language brings healing and understanding beyond words, and gives us occasion to join forces with incredible local groups like the Goodhearted Women Singers and the Sing Fires of Justice Community Choir, as well as singer-songwriter Vienna D’Amato Hall in what promises to be a powerful and moving performance,” said Kimberly Barber, live-concert organizer and member of Laurier’s Faculty of Music.
Community members are invited to participate in all, or select portions, of this special event.
Live Streaming: Mysterious Barricades Free Concert
Live Performance: Mysterious Barricades Free Concert
Speaker Series: The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council: Connect, Communicate, Care
Annual Butterfly Release: Serving as a symbol of hope for those affected by suicide
Social Media: #MysteriousBarricades #WSPD
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