Making a difference by coming together as a community

by Tag Goulet

Tag Goulet
The Brighter Side has a quest, to make people laugh, smile and forget about their problems, if only for a moment.  And with that, we provide Good News, Great Ideas and present Amazing People.  The idea was born after seeing and hearing too many sad stories in the news.  We wanted to lift your spirits by sharing stories that inspire you.  The other thought with The Brighter Side was that those with mental illness can come to a place to find these happy and inspirational stories to have a moment of putting a smile on their faces.  So here, on The Brighter Side Blog, we want you to know that Mental Illness is not something to be ashamed of.  It is openly discussed here, to let you know that you are not alone.  So when Tag Goulet brought this to our attention, we knew we must help get the word out about this Gala Calgary Event to Support Your Life Counts.

According to a 2012 report from Statistics Canada, “It is estimated that, in 2009 alone, there were about 100,000 years of potential life lost to Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicides.”

The report, titled “Suicide rates: An overview” by Tanya Navaneelan of the Health Statistics Division of Statistics Canada, says research shows that mental illness is the most important risk factor for suicide. “Depression is the most common illness among those who die from suicide, with approximately 60% suffering from this condition.”

But there is a way to help.  Get involved!  Get involved in your own community events and fundraisers.  

On May 3, the Calgary women’s group Little Black Dress Affair presents “An Evening To Remember Gala for Your Life Counts!” at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Purchase tickets here www.yourlifecounts.org/lbda.

Hosted by comedienne Lori Gibbs from Comedy Now and CBC Radio’s The Debaters, and featuring live musical entertainment from Chris Ayries, Kirby Sewell and Mike Clarke. This black-tie dinner and dance event also offers keynote speakers and a silent auction, featuring such items as a day in Toronto at the race track with race car driver Kyle Marcelli and his Porsche 911. 

One of the speakers, Linda Y Young-Gardiner, has a personal interest in the cause. Five months after Linda lost her husband to illness, her eldest son Chad took his own life.

"I still hear the cries of my children and my sister that day, and that is what breaks my heart," says Linda. With three other children to care for, Linda had to carry on. She moved to Calgary, where she started a successful photography business and founded The Little Black Dress Affair (www.littleblackdressaffair.net), a networking group of Calgary women supporting community events and charities.

She also became an Ambassador and member of the Advisory Board for Your Life Counts (YLC), a nationally registered award-winning charity whose first priority is to offer immediate attention to people who are at risk for suicide. YLC also provides counseling and support to survivors of suicide attempts and victims’ families.

After her son’s suicide, Linda met and received support from Rory Butler, founder of Your Life Counts. Rory is himself a survivor of suicide and living proof that intervention works. A trained educator and professional counselor, Rory gave much input to Bill C 300, a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, which was passed by Parliament on December 14, 2012.

An Evening to Remember takes place Friday May 3, 2013 in the Devonian Room at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Doors open at 6 pm. To find out more and purchase tickets visit www.yourlifecounts.org/lbda or call 403-613-0979.

“We can make a difference”, says Linda. “Please support our Gala. It will be An Evening to Remember!”

Tag Goulet is co-founder of FabJob, a publisher of books on how to get started in a dream careers, and KerMingle singles networking events. Contact Tag on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tag.goulet or visit www.KarMingle.com.

James Rowsell - Aug 1971 - Aug 2007

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