Several people who have felt the effects of suicide gathered for a special tribute Monday afternoon.
A walk from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum to the Saskatchewan Legislature took place, with several people sharing their stories about dealing with mental health and suicide either themselves or through family members.
Co-organizer Ashley Boehme said she and Cathleen MacPhee, another co-organizer of the event, deeply care about the subject and want to spread the message.
“We have both lost people personally, and we both have had some personal experiences, so we’re just passionate people that wanted to bring awareness to this subject.”
In Saskatchewan, 13 people per 100,000 end their lives through suicide, slightly above the national average of 11.
MacPhee said she encourages family and friends of those who may be struggling to reach out.
“You would be amazed at the difference that simply starting a conversation (does),” Macphee said. “Simply saying to someone ‘you looks like you’re struggling/it looks like you need some help, what can I do?’ And simply being that listening ear.
“You don’t need to have all the answers, you don’t need to be able to give all of the advice.”
According to the World Health Organization, about 800,000 people lose their lives to suicide per year world-wide. More people die by suicide than those killed in war and in homicide.