A Grade 12 student’s idea to make a positive difference following multiple suicides in the Battlefords in 2018 has been formally adopted in Tisdale.
The initiative, started by former John Paul II Collegiate student Allysa Woodrow, involves wearing “Battlefords Better Together” t-shirts on predetermined days to generate conversation and create connections.
“The message behind the campaign is the most important – creating community connectedness to support positive mental health,” explained Heather Turcotte, Primary Health Care, Tisdale. “Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide.”
Tisdale Suicide Awareness Committee members Pauline Favreau (left) and Andrea Staples proudly display their “Better Together Thursdays” t-shirts.
Tisdale Town Council officially proclaimed Better Together Thursdays in Tisdale in 2020 with the first Better Together day on January 16. Led by the Tisdale Suicide Awareness Committee, the initiative has garnered the support of Tisdale Elementary and Tisdale Middle and Secondary School staff and students, staff and students at Cumberland College, multiple service clubs, community organizations and businesses.
The committee hopes to see the same positive outcomes observed in the Battleford’s, including mutual understanding, improved feelings of well-being, decreased loneliness, and increased satisfaction from sharing knowledge and experience, materialize in Tisdale.
Members of the Tisdale Suicide Awareness Committee have ordered and distributed 1,100 “Better Together Thursday” t-shirts to date and currently have an additional 425 on the way. The t-shirts feature a variety of examples of things that are better together.