Friday, October 31, 2014

Walk aiming to raise depression, suicide awareness

With about 3,500 suicides in Canada each year, it is one of the leading causes of death in the country.
But Jaymee Fiset feels depression and suicide are not talked about enough.

That is why she’s planning a walk to raise awareness about these issues, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10.
“I just thought this was something that would benefit our community,” Fiset said.
“It hasn’t been brought to the forefront,” she noted. “People don’t like to talk about it. They are scared to talk about it.
“So I thought this walk would be something good to do so people realize it is okay to talk about it and it’s not something you should be scared of,” she reasoned.
Fiset said similar walks have been held in Thunder Bay and the U.S., and received strong support.
As such, she’s hoping people in Fort Frances and surrounding communities will take part.
“Everyone is welcome to participate,” she enthused.
“Anyone and everyone who would like to help support this cause, and who has been affected by depression and/or suicide in any way.”
Deemed the “Out of the Darkness Memorial Walk,” it will begin at 2 p.m. at Pharmasave on Scott Street.
The route will follow the waterfront—via Mowat Avenue, Church Street, and Victoria Avenue—to the Front Street park, where a free barbecue will be held.
“I chose that route because I wanted to go through town a little bit so people will see what we are trying to do—to raise awareness,” Fiset explained.
“I didn’t want to do it where no one would see.”
Participants can walk, run, bike, or inline skate.
While Fiset has not organized an event like this before, she seems to have plenty of support so far.
“This is a such a fabulous idea,” enthused one local resident on the event’s Facebook page.
“It’s so important for depression and suicide to be talked about, and it is a topic that needs to come out of the darkness,” the post added.
“So many people, myself included, have been affected by such things and it’s so crucial for people to come together and shed light on such a taboo topic,” it noted.
Anyone with questions can contact Fiset at jaymee.fiset@gmail.com

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