Vernon vigil

Participants at last year’s Be the Light evening joined together to increase awareness of suicide in our community.

People in Vernon are encouraged to remember those they’ve lost to suicide and support those who have survived in a community event on Sept. 10.

The third annual Be the Light event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Polson Park bandshell as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.

“When we publicly share our thoughts and feelings about suicide, it lessens the stigma and opens opportunities for others to get the help they need, whether it be reaching out to a loved one, medical professional, co-worker or the Crisis Line,” said Julia Payson, executive director of the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Prior to the event, the CMHA will be providing supplies to decorate memorial lanterns at 5:15 p.m. Participants can bring photos to include on the lanterns in memory of their loved ones.

Afterward, community members will share words of hope, remembrance and support, followed by a short walk to the commemorative tree, which was planted in remembrance of those in the community lost to suicide.

The event is open to everyone, and registration is not required.