Every year, suicide affects more than 20 million people around the world: victims, parents, friends and bereaved acquaintances. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. To mark the occasion, Valoris invites the entire Prescott-Russell community to place a lit candle near a window at 8 p.m. on this day to show its support for suicide prevention. The flame symbolizes hope and raises awareness of the suicide problem in our community. It is also meant as a message that there are solutions and resources available. Ultimately, the candle represents the empathy and compassion needed to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts to break free.

When someone around you is suffering, you are not expected to have all the answers. However, if you have concerns about someone you care about, do not hesitate to reach out. For people under 18 years of age or adults with a developmental disability, you can contact Valoris 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1 800 675-6168. Valoris offers a single point of access to a wide variety of services and programs, including youth mental health services. For additional resources, visit the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Champlain East website at: http://www.reachoutnow.ca