Morinville Lady Organizes Suicide Prevention Occasion in Edmonton – Morinville Information – Morinville On-line
by Stephen Dafoe
In 2015, the suicide of a close friend deeply affected Morinville resident Zoe Majeau. Since then she has been committed to suicide prevention and organizes a fundraiser for Huddle Up for Suicide Prevention Edmonton on September 7th at the Pint on Whyte.
Four years ago, while struggling with the aftermath of her friend’s death, another friend turned to help. Majeau was invited to an event in Calgary to help those dealing with the aftermath of suicide.
“After attending the event and speaking to the attendees, I quickly realized that I was not alone with my struggles and that so many others had the same difficulties dealing with suicide,” said Majeau. “After that, I went to Calgary’s event every year and watched it grow.
When Majeau returned to Morinville in 2017, she decided to tackle the lack of resources and funds surrounding suicide.
“Suicide seemed like a forbidden word that everyone was nervous to discuss. From experience, I want to change that, open the conversation, and help others heal, ”said Majeau. “In 2018, I set myself a goal of selling 50 tickets and exceeded them by selling 120 tickets and raising over $ 8,000 at our inaugural event. Since then, Huddle Up for Suicide Prevention has grown immensely and has set new provincial and state goals. “
The September 7th event kicks off with a tailgate party at Pint on Whyte at 1pm. Participants are then loaded onto a bus for the Edmonton Eskimos Vs. Calgary Stampeders game that you will see in the Coors fans section. After the game, participants will return to the pint where the festivities will continue.
Tickets are $ 50 for the tailgate and game, $ 20 for the tailgate only, and $ 40 for the game alone.
Majeau said proceeds from the 2019 Edmonton Huddle Up event would go to the Canadian Mental Health Associations, specifically the Edmonton Suicide Bereavement Group.
“Proceeds will also benefit Huddle Up’s provincial and federal goals of alerting Albertans and Canadians to the rising number of suicides and how a prevention plan can help reduce those numbers significantly,” said Majeau.
The Morinville woman believes it’s important to be open about mental health and sees Huddle Up as an opportunity to do just that.
“Huddle Up started a community movement to make suicide conversation safe,” she said. “We know that friends, family and community are our strongest networks; If those closest to us knew how to talk about it, listened to each other, and noticed signs of fighting, the risk of succumbing would decrease. Mental health is a hot topic in the world right now, but we want to dig deeper into the word suicide to break through the fear of the word.
“It’s a common stigma that when we talk about suicide, we put the act on someone’s mind. This myth is actually the opposite. Talking about suicide enables people to get help, reconsider their opinions, and share their stories. “
Majeau said the September 7 event was about more than just raising funds.
“It creates a community of safe spaces and open conversations. It’s about discussing issues with people you can trust and find comfort in the same struggle, ”she said. “With one in five Canadians facing personal mental health problems this year, you are not alone and we hope to shed light on your darkness.”
For more information on Huddle Up for Suicide Prevention Edmonton, visit huddleupfsp.com. To purchase tickets for their September 7th event, visit generigsolutions.com/e / huddle-up-for-suicide-prevention-edmonton-185. The huddle up event is for ages 18 and over.