Gravenhurst deputy Mayor Lorenz and Councillors Cairns and Pilger joined members of the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council, first responders and community members to dedicate a bench and tree in Kinsmen Park this morning in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day.
Todays message was about life promotion, communication and support as Bernadette Ramsay-Copeland lead a ceremony with her fellow council members. In addition to live music and commemorative messages, the bench and tree were smudged and blessings were offered from members of the Chippewa’s of Rama.
Those in attendance were reminded how broad-reaching the effects of suicide impact a community and encouraged to light a candle tonight and place it in a window in support of those facing the impacts of suicide. Lastly, the message was clear, you are not alone in your pain, help is available and there is a community of support out there. More information on the Council’s work and about World Suicide Prevention Day are available at www.hopeequalslife.ca
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