Suicide prevention focus of Sept. 18 Cowichan workshop

The death of actor Robin Williams has put a spotlight on suicide as World Suicide Prevention Day approaches on Sept. 10.

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society wants to share new and hopeful information on suicide prevention and explore voices and life saving contributions that suicide attempt survivors bring to the conversation with a workshop scheduled for Sept. 18 in Duncan.

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Silver Bridge Inn. Seats are limited so those who want to go should visit for information and to register.

The cost of the event is $25 per person, with all of the proceeds going to Cowichan United Way.

"One of United Way’s three priority areas is Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be," explained the United Way’s Tammy Isaachsen in a press release. "We work with the Vancouver Island Crisis Society to fund school-based suicide awareness and prevention programs. By identifying our community’s greatest needs, a donation to United Way Cowichan means that your dollars are invested in the areas that need it most in the Cowichan Valley."