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Suicide Awareness Candlelight Vigil, Offers Comfort on Thursday Sept. 10 at 7pm at IB United Methodist Church

Aug 24, 2015 04:41PM ● By Paul Spear

Suicide Awareness Candlelight Vigil

Offers Comfort on Thursday Sept. 10 at 7pm

On Thursday September 10 at 7pm, there will be a Suicide Awareness Candlelight Vigil at the Imperial Beach United Methodist Church (455 Palm Avenue).  This vigil is open to the entire community, but is especially for those impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide.  The church will provide candles to be lit in memory of those who have died.  There will be a Memory Book for individuals to share names of loved ones that will be read aloud.  And for those wishing to participate, Pastor John will offer an anointing with oil for the healing of the mind and spirit of those who grieve. The atmosphere of the vigil will be solemn and most importantly, set in a safe place of acceptance, grace and no judgement.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3,000 people on average die by suicide daily. And for every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. About one million people die of suicide each year.   It is believed that one San Diegan dies of suicide every day.  The County notes that suicide ranks second, behind only drug/alcohol overdoes, and ahead of motor vehicle crashes.   Compared to national rates, San Diego County has a higher rate of suicide than the nation at large. 

Started in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day is annually held on September 10 with the goal to raise awareness, improve education and decrease the stigma associated with suicide.  Those who observe this day light a candle in the evening.  The Imperial Beach United Methodist Church joins in spirit with individuals and organizations around the world to achieve the goals of World Suicide Prevention Day as well as to provide a healing and caring environment for those who grieve the loss of loved ones to suicide.

For more information, contact Pastor John Griffin at 619.424.5181 or at


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