Health

February is Suicide Prevention Month (10/02/04)

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Feb. 4, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is inviting New Brunswickers to be involved in suicide prevention and awareness. Health Minister Mary Schryer delivered this message today while marking the start of Suicide Prevention Month.

Suicide Prevention Month is held each February to raise public awareness about suicide and the ways to seek treatment.

"Suicides can be prevented," said Schryer. "It is our hope that by raising awareness about suicide, and the ways to seek help, we can make a positive difference in the lives of others."

About 100 New Brunswickers commit suicide each year. The risk is higher among men between 20 and 40, young people, seniors, and those who have lost a close friend or family member through suicide.

A variety of events, including prevention workshops, will take place across the province this month to educate the public about useful strategies, such as ways to be resilient and cope with life stresses.

The Be Connected to Life public awareness campaign is being supported by regional suicide prevention committees. They organize activities and suicide prevention and intervention training for professionals and non-professionals in their communities.

More information about suicide prevention is online at the Department of Health; online at the Canadian Association for the Suicide Prevention; or at your local suicide prevention committee.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522,

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