“Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

“Suicide is a preventable tragedy. Each of these deaths has a profound affect on loved ones, as well as on their communities.

“This World Suicide Prevention Day, people are being called upon to create hope through action. Let’s share stories of resilience, reach out to those who are struggling and end the stigma of speaking about and seeking support to improve mental wellness.

“There are thousands of Albertans living in recovery from the effects of suicide. If you feel overwhelmed, if you are struggling with your own challenges that feel hopeless, please know that there are always options. Support is available in every corner of the province to help all Albertans improve their mental wellness and enter recovery from mental illness.

“As we move forward from the challenges of the pandemic, it’s important that we start by taking care of ourselves and those closest to us. This includes a renewed focus on supporting our youth to have a strong foundation of wellness.

"Through the Child and Youth Well-being Review panel, we have heard from health-care professionals, educators, parents, caregivers and most importantly, kids themselves, about their struggles and experiences over these past 18 months. Their input will help us understand what resources children and youth need to emerge from the pandemic healthy and resilient.

“Suicide prevention support is available. Visit ahs.ca/preventingsuicide for more information. Albertans can also call the 24-7 confidential Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 for support, information and referral to services. Kids Help Phone has professional counsellors available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-668-6868. Visit alberta.ca/mentalhealth for more information on supports available during tough times.

“If you are struggling, please reach out. Support is available.”