Cycle for suicide prevention on Sept. 10

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Every day is an important day for talking about suicide prevention.

On Sept. 10, individuals are encouraged to participate in Cycle Around the Globe for World Suicide Prevention Day.

There will be a global recognition of the issue on Sept. 10 and Moose Jaw is going to be a part of it.

Journey to Hope Moose Jaw, in collaboration with the Moose Jaw YMCA, will partake in Cycle Around the Globe for World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, 6-7 p.m. at the YMCA Athabasca Street location.

“It is a global issue but it’s also a community issue and it’s a family issue,” said Della Ferguson, continued care co-ordinator at W.J. Jones and Son Family Resource Centre. “For all of us to gather together as a community in that effort to break that silence and talk openly about the fact that if someone is feeling desperate that they need to know that they don’t need to feel that desperation alone.”

For that hour on Sept. 10, the YMCA will have 16 bikes in the cycling room available for use. The goal is between all participants on every continent to cycle a total of 40,075 kilometers of 24,900 miles. This is the circumference of the globe.

“Putting us all on cycles wherever we are and their goal is together that we would actually go around the circumference of the earth,” said Ferguson. “Everybody contributes the distance they’ve cycled that day so it’s the idea of circling the globe with awareness and seeking suicide prevention.”

The initiative comes from the International Association of Suicide Prevention. It is the second year of the event and the first year Moose Jaw will take part.

“It’s a general theme of connectedness. That’s kind of the theme this year for World Suicide Prevention Day,” she said. “They’re wanting to encourage all of us to feel connected in this work of suicide prevention.”

However, Ferguson added people could also participate in the event even without being at the YMCA.

“Anyone who is a cyclist who wants to participate in this activity, go cycling, record your distance and then you send it in to ourselves or right to the International Association of Suicide Prevention. It’s right on their website,” she said.

People need to know there are resources, places and people to help out for anyone feeling that desperation, she said.

“I think it’s vitally important,” said Ferguson. “In light of Robin Williams’ death I think it puts an exclamation mark on the need for what can happen when we suffer in silence.”

To register for the cycling event at the YMCA, email Logan at rasmussen.logan@hotmail.com or text her at 306-630-4626.

For more information on the event, contact W.J. Jones and Son Family Resource Centre at 306-691-4715 or visit the International Association of Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info/.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: YMCA, International Association of Suicide Prevention

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, YMCA Athabasca Street

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