Compiled by Danielle Doiron
World Suicide Prevention Day
Almost one million people worldwide, including 4,000 Canadians, commit suicide each year, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. To help decrease these numbers and the overall stigma surrounding mental health issues, the International Association for Suicide Prevention created World Suicide Prevention Day. Klinic Community Health and the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network will co-host “The Art of Hope,” an event dedicated to raising awareness about suicide and mental health issues at Vimy Ridge Park from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 10. The public event will also include a community barbecue. Klinic encourages anyone contemplating suicide to call the 24-hour toll free Manitoba Suicide Line at 1-877- 435-7170.
Puck Talks Winnipeg
With the NHL season less than a month away, it’s time to start talking hockey. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, The Pint will host Puck Talks Winnipeg, the first stop on the Canada-wide Puck Talks Tour. An “interactive speaker series,” the tour brings hockey insiders, experts and fans together to discuss the game. Speakers at the Winnipeg event include Sara Orlesky (TSN), Gary Lawless (TSN and Winnipeg Free Press), Andrew Paterson (TSN), Sean Reynolds (Sportsnet), Ken Wiebe (Winnipeg Sun), Tim Campbell (Winnipeg Free Press) and Richard Pollock (Illegal Curve). The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought online at pucktalkslive.com.
Just as they have every year since 1994, Manitobans will paddle for a cure. From Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13, families, friends and coworkers will take to the water at The Forks for the 2015 FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival. Each dragon boat team consists of 25 members including 20 paddlers, one drummer, one steerperson and three trained alternates. All participating teams have already registered and fundraised for the event, but the races are public and free to watch. All funds raised will directly benefit the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba to help local children living with cancer.