A local woman impacted by suicide is opening the doors of communication to other ‘suicide survivors.’
Terry Beard is spearheading a meeting at the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John, for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Beard lost her 44 year-old sister to suicide in 2004. [asset|aid=2155|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5d93cccda2b6e1a120615ad54eab315e-Terry Beard 1_1_Pub.mp3]
She says diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness is predominate in those who commit suicide. Beard says the World Health Organization recently conducted a study that gathered suicide statistic percentages from 82 counties worldwide. Canada ranked 26th for most suicides, ahead of other countries like the United States. Beard says one of the main goals of the meeting, is to encourage dialogue with anyone who seems depressed. [asset|aid=2156|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5d93cccda2b6e1a120615ad54eab315e-Terry Beard 2_1_Pub.mp3]
She says she hopes Saturday’s gathering will promote healing and provide a way for survivors to support each other. Beard says if there is interest, she might put together a support group, to help those who are dealing with their loss.
The meeting this week will be held at the Child Development Centre located at 10408-105 Avenue in Fort St. John. The gathering will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.