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Hope is here

by Dave Adsett

It is a subject that many find difficult to engage in – that of mental health, particularly when it leads to suicide.

Emergency service providers, mental health practitioners, family doctors and funeral directors have been telling us for a couple of years now of their concerns.

Any time such an incident occurs in small towns like those found in our coverage area, chances are high that it touches family, co-workers or friends.

Fears creep in about the contagion effect, meaning others may view it as an option, which categorically it is not. It is forever.

Though the Canadian Mental Health Association has identified Wellington as having a higher than average suicide rate, communities across Ontario share concerns about the well-being of their residents, young and old.

In fact, the annual independent publishers conference we attend featured a guest speaker on this particular subject and how responsible journalists should handle this type of news.

It has never been our practice at the Advertiser to sensationalize stories, choosing instead to offer resources and information to help people within the communities we serve.

If anything, we hope that a friend or family member will acquire the skills to understand a bit about depression and where that can lead. It is a project ongoing.

Locally, a Here4Hope event has been scheduled for Nov. 21 at the sportsplex in Fergus, with TSN personalities and mental health advocates Michael Landsberg and Jennifer Hedger. CMHA acting executive Helen Fishburn, accompanied by OPP Inspector Scott Lawson and family members of those who died by suicide, will be on hand to show support and offer some words of wisdom.

Talking through problems and understanding the difficulties people face should highlight for all attending that everyone shares much in common and that no one should give up hope for better days ahead.

It is a needed community event and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to participate.


November 22 2018


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