Sarnia residents dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide will soon have more help, with the founding of a local suicide prevention resource centre.
The charity organization Harmony for Youth plans to establish the new outreach program by the early spring, said Joanne Klauke-LaBelle.
She emphasized that the centre would be for anyone — not just troubled teens.
"There's the youth and then there's the adults. Each portion has people who are suicidal, so for them there's resources, and also for their families," she said Tuesday, adding that free information will help those affected by the death of a loved one deal with their grief.
"There's also the victim side, and there will be resources again for those people."
Harmony for Youth in Sarnia already offers counselling groups for children impacted by suicide. Many people may not know that bereavement counselling is also often available at funeral homes or at hospices, Klauke-LaBelle said.
She said suicide is still a major concern "because it's killing our kids at a rapid rate" and is as prevalent as ever.
For now, the plan is to have volunteer counsellors on hand at the suicide prevention resource centre from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.