‘Hope, healing and remembrance’: Vernon marks World Suicide Prevention Day

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Vernon’s Polson Park was lit up with lanterns on Tuesday night.The Canadian Mental Health Association held its third annual Be the Light event at the bandshell.READ MORE: Vernon father advocates for suicide prevention: ‘You’re not alone out there’The annual event is for people to remember those in the community who have been lost to suicide and to support individuals who have survived, CMHA spokesperson Eleanor Diekert said in a news release.“The evening aims to reduce the shame and stigma that often surrounds suicide to allow for hope, healing and remembrance,” Diekert said.READ MORE: Canadian farmers open up about mental health: ‘They’re not the only ones’The event started with the making of memorial lanterns at 6 p.m., followed by short walk to a commemorative tree planted two years ago in honour of people who have died by suicide.WATCH: (Sept. 6, 2019) A Vernon father is sharing his story ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day

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