The story — which detailed Alberta’s high suicide rate — was “an outstanding piece of journalism and made an important contribution to educating the public about suicide in a respectful, sensitive and informative manner,” says Tim Wall, the association’s executive director.
Titled “Shining a Light,” the article begins with the story of a 49-year-old Alberta farmer who grapples with depression, then loses his 23-year-old son to suicide, then uses that family’s experience as a window through which the community’s experience of suicide can be viewed.
Pictures of other Albertans who have died by suicide adorn a blue and white banner that hangs at The Support Network in Edmonton.
They look like everyday people — friends, parents, neighbours.
Suicide does not target a certain economic class, age group, or gender, and it permeates communities throughout Alberta.
Every year for almost a decade now, more Albertans have died at their own hands than in motor vehicle collisions.