LIFT THE SILENCE – Suicide Awareness Week Events in Edmonton

Sisters and Brothers,

The Alberta Federation of Labour is proud to be participating in our second annual Lift the Silence week, which is a week dedicated to recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.

Every year in Alberta, we lose approximately 500 people to suicide and, for every one suicide, it is estimated that there are 19 persons who attempt suicide. Men in Alberta die by suicide at 4 times the rate of women, and men between the ages of 40 to 60 are our highest risk group.

This year the AFL is the lead organizer for Lean in and Listen: Building Compassion in the Workplace, a panel discussion on the role that workplaces play in workers’ mental health outcomes. Glynnis Lieb, Director of Outreach for the AFL will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:

Audrey Barr – Canadian Union of Public Employees

Ron Campbell (Ret.) – RCMP K-Division

Mikka Corbeil  – City of Edmonton

Jay Davies  – Edmonton Fire and Rescue

Perri Garvin – Edmonton & District Labour Council

This event will take place on  Wednesday, September 14th at 7 PM at the Westwood Community League (12139 – 105 St) and is FREE to the public. There will be resources available and plenty of opportunity for audience members to participate in the conversation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please spread the word to your Edmonton and area members.

The AFL is also proud to co-sponsor a round table discussion Tuesday, September 13th on suicide in the trans and non-binary community. This is also a free, public event and will take place at the Westwood Community League.

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