The Centre for Suicide Prevention is pleased to be a part of the You Are Not Alone Campaign by Teamsters Union Local 362. This initiative has “the aim of raising awareness and preventing suicide in Alberta, and across the country.”

Mara Grunau, Executive Director, was interviewed for the series which appears as 8 episodes with one new episode released each week. Currently, two episodes are available.

You Are Not Alone: A Suicide Prevention and Awareness Initiative | Teamsters 362

You Are Not Alone: Mental health is an issue that affects directly and indirectly everyone across the country, and yet stigma still surrounds the topic, especially suicide. In Alberta, we currently have the second highest rate of suicide in the country and there have been recent reports of the suicide rate climbing by 30 per cent.

What’s most misunderstood about suicide is that it can affect anybody and that actually having suicidal thoughts is not that uncommon

Mara Grunau, Executive Director, Centre for Suicide Prevention
Mara Grunau, Executive Director, Centre for Suicide Prevention

Here’s some more information on the campaign, taken from the campaign website:

“Our eight-part docuseries travels around Alberta to hear from those who have been directly affected by suicide and advocates who are speaking out and trying to raise awareness.

Our series also looks at the state of mental health in the province in the wake of the fires in Fort McMurray and the troubling times in our economy. We examine what resources are needed and where.

You can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now.”