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Opinion – Talking Suicide From Personal Experience (VIDEO)

Fraser Valley – In light of this week’s passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, a flood of emotions have rolled through yours truly. Having dealt with a number of suicides with fellow media members, I simply had to speak up.

Help is out there, and sometime, you may be too fearful to ask for help.

That’s where we have to step up and lend a hand, an ear and a shoulder.

And empathy. You simply can’t “pull yourself up by the bootstraps”. Depression doesn’t work that way. Mental Illness doesn’t work that way.

If you need to – make a call. You are NOT alone.

310 Mental Health: 310-6789

BC Wide Line: 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433)

Youth Line, 4-10 pm, 7 days a week: 250-564-8336 or 1-888-564-8336

Youth Crisis Texting, 4-10pm daily: 250-564-8336

Don Lehn, News Director/Editor FVN Fraser Valley News



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