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First Annual Suicide Awareness Day

Mental health is important, especially when you’re not making such a great go of things. I think this is a great event, despite the use of the “First Annual” term, which I detest. Helping people understand suicidality can help them recognize it in their friends and in themselves.

1st Annual Suicide Awareness Day

Tuesday, November 3

The Suicide Awareness Committee would like to invite you to the following events taking place on the Vancouver campus. All events are open to UBC students, faculty, staff and the community.

Guest Speaker: Lloyd Craig

Norm Theatre, Student Union Building 9:00‐10:30am

Lloyd Craig, one of our province’s most successful professionals and mental health advocates, will give a keynote address, followed by a Q&A, concerning the evolving state of depression and mental health in BC. In 2008, Mr. Craig was named National Champion of Mental Health, Private Sector by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. He recently retired as President and CEO of Coast Capital Savings.

National Film Board Documentary, Drawing from Life

Norm Theatre, Student Union Building, Film 12:30‐1:15pm; Panel 1:15‐2:00pm

Evening screening at 7 pm, Shrum Lounge, Place Vanier commonsblock

This dynamic and edgy film follows a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide at least twice. It shows the challenges that people face and how they can overcome them in order to reach out and choose life. A panel following the film will discuss various UBC and community resources available to you.

Don’t forget to stop by the Suicide Awareness Day information booth on the Main Concourse of the SUB! We encourage you to pass this notice along to others on your mailing lists.

For more information, please visit:

http://blog.students.ubc.ca/healthyminds/ubc-thrive/

See you there!

Regards,

UBC Suicide Awareness Committee

The UBC Suicide Awareness Committee is made up of students, staff and faculty at UBC as well as members from various organizations in the Lower Mainland region who are committed to working toward providing resources and information to all members of the UBC campus community. The committee aims to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, increase awareness about warning signs, and make information about resources available to all campus members. The committee promotes the message of Reaching Out, both to those seeking support, and those who recognize someone in need. Suicide Awareness Day is an initiative of this campaign.

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