‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ is the theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention(IASP) and the WHO, a co-sponsor of meetings and events related to WSPD 2015.. Since 2003, WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year. It serves as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.
The airport flash mob was one in a variety of special events held around the community Sept. 10. In addition to other flash mobs held around Rankin Inlet, community events also included an evening walk which ended up at the Singituq Community Center. Susan Aglukark as one of the guest speakers.
Aglukark launched the Arctic Rose War Cry campaign this past July.
Thank you to Susan, our students, staff, Elders, kids and all the community members who came out to support suicide prevention together.
We would like to share some of the photos and tweets related to yesterday's event and will add more as we collect them.
Special thanks go to Dorothy Tootoo at Kivalliq Campus for capturing these photos for us.
Office Administration student Sharlene Okalik and Beverly Innukshuk from the Adult Basic Education Program.
Toby Otak, Gloria Uluqsi, Sarah Tautuaqjuk, Stella Kablalik and April Wadland get into position for their flash mob performance.
Derek Debreo, Mora Kablalik, Ron Pittman, Jaypeetee Arnakak, Sandy Napier, Rebecca Person dance to support suicide prevention in yesterday's flash mob.
Pallulaq Friesen and Gloria Uluqsi also joined in the performances.
Rankin Inlet's flash mob dancers take a break for a group photo after a terrific performance at the airport.
One of the dancers from the afternoon's events, Stella Kablalik. She graduated from the Computer Systems Technician Program last year.
Flash Mob dancers in action for suicide prevention.