September 10, Light a Candle

Mike Rutherford

Sunday September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

“Take a minute, change a life.” 

In honour of this important day our President, Bruce Covernton, will be speaking to a group of students at Bow Valley College this Friday to share his work with suicide prevention organizations and how suicide has personally affected his life.

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by committing suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the real and raw stories of individuals who have questioned the value of their lives. Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be linked into this community and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected and more isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities all have an important role in supporting those who are vulnerable. The theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day is: ‘Take a minute, change a life.” As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference.

On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide.  The International Association for Suicide Prevention invites you to light a candle near a window at

8 pm to show your support for suicide prevention, remember a lost one, and to show support for the survivors of suicide.

For more information please visit the International Association for Suicide prevention website: www.

Life is precious and sometimes precarious. Taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger or close family member or friend – can change the course of their life.


Bruce Covernton


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