The Sounds of Silence: a Concert for Suicide Awareness & Hope

The Sounds of Silence: a Concert for Suicide Awareness & Hope
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Wilfrid Laurier University is proud to participate in Mysterious Barricades’ annual cross-country event which will include a live concert on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, in recognition of the 15th annual World Suicide Prevention Day. The event is free and all are welcome. On September 10th, join with us and others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. #MysteriousBarricades

About Laurier’s event:

Doors to the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall will open at 1:00 pm, seats are first-come first-serve, with the concert beginning promptly at 1:30 pm. The Sounds of Silence concert is free and tickets are not required. The concert will be live-streamed. An information fair will take place in the foyer of the Theatre Auditorium from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.

Our concert line-up will include many Canadian musicians, singer-songwriters and spoken word artists, including:

Penderecki String Quartet
Mino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak/Good Hearted Women Singers
Kimberly Barber
Glenn Marais
Rene Meshake
Samantha Pickett
Tanis MacDonald
Kathryn Ladano
Anna Ronai
Heather Taves

After the concert, the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council will be holding a free event in Kitchener’s Victoria Park. The event will include a butterfly release at 4:30 pm in memory of those lost to suicide, and in honour of those currently struggling with mental health issues. For more information on this event, please contact WRSPC.

Parking on Laurier campus: There is no charge for campus parking on weekends in White and Gold lots; for more information and a campus map, please see:

About the national Mysterious Barricades event:

From sunrise in St. John’s NL to sunset in Victoria BC, on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, an 18-hour concert of hope and awareness will grace a sequence of stages across Canada.

Featuring Canada’s finest professionally trained musicians and performers, this concert will raise awareness of the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health, between the darkness of depression and the light of hope, between life and death. Canada’s most gifted musicians and performers giving freely of their talents and time in donated concert halls performing a unique genre mixture of classical, jazz and aboriginal music. In partnership with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Canadian Mental Health Association, this free concert will encourage public discourse about the prevalence of suicide and measures for suicide prevention, encourage the formation of community and raise funds for education and support of those at risk and those impacted by suicide.

The Facebook event page for the national event can be found here:

About World Suicide Prevention Day:

2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The day was first recognised in 2003, as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and endorsed by the World Health Organization. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10.

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.
Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable. For more information, please see

For all mental health resources on campus, please see:

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