Grande Prairie— For Immediate Release — The Board are pleased to introduce Ainsley Miller as the new Executive Director of Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, a welcome addition to promote mental health and support those affected by providing resources. We have been a whirlwind of activity since her commencement, and currently promotions are underway to raise awareness and donations with the annual February ‘Shine Your Light’ Campaign, a part of annual fundraising led by the ‘Chair Extraordinaire’ event.
The sold-out ‘Chair Extraordinaire’ presented by Hyer Oilfield to support Suicide Prevention Resource Centre raised over $100,000 in October 2019, the most successful event to date and the staff and Board are so grateful for the overwhelming support from our community. For the upcoming 10th anniversary of the event, we are so excited to host our Chair Extraordinaire October 3rd, 2020 at the Tara Centre in Evergreen Park. We will have a lot of special surprises to announce in the months leading up to the event and we can hardly contain our excitement. With so much need in our region to support mental health and resiliency training, suicide intervention skills, and reduce stigma to access help for mental health and mental illnesses, the fundraising through this event supports all of the programs that are delivered by staff through the Resource Centre.
The donations support programming which includes: Tough Enough To Talk About it (presentations to agriculture, oil & gas and trades companies on suicide prevention), Men’s Support Group (Wednesday night’s 7-9pm), Community Helpers (taught to Grade 9’s through their schools), Breakfast Club (7yrs – 18yrs workshops and retreats), Connect (public awareness and presentations on request) in addition to mental health training courses such as Mental Health First Aid specialties for those working with youth, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
With so many great things to announce and changes underway in the background, one that heralds the direction of the overall organization is the updated public face and logo, now to be known as the Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention. Welcome to the new outlook with our passionate staff and Board members as we forge ahead to reduce crisis calls and lead in delivering best practices in mental health to our community.