(THUNDER BAY, December 7, 2017) – A Thunder Bay family who raised $16,000 for local mental health initiatives in honour of a family member who died by suicide is encouraging the community to join them in speaking openly about mental illness and suicide prevention.
Proceeds from the Darryl Stubbings Memorial Golf Tournament held this past fall will help Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay Branch fund programs and educational initiatives.
The family organized the tournament in memory of Darryl “Stubbs” Stubbings who died by suicide at age 32 in September 2011. Family and friends remember Darryl as a kindred spirit who had a profound impact on those who knew him. Darryl did not just love things, he was intensely passionate about them – his family and friends, music, cooking, golf and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sadly, Darryl’s story ended too soon. The Stubbings family are committed to encouraging open conversations about suicide and to raise awareness in the hopes of preventing others from suffering the same fate.
“Although we will never stop missing Darryl, we need to move forward and remember those things we loved about him,” said Darryl’s sister, Tiffany Stubbings. “What truly amazed us was the number of people who opened up and shared their own experiences with mental illness and suicide.”
“We quickly realized that what we are doing is much needed in our community. Together, we feel we’re breaking down the barriers of stigma about this formerly taboo topic and opening doors to having conversations about suicide,” Stubbings said.
The golf tournament last fall at Strathcona Golf Course was a community affair. It attracted 72 golfers and 16 local sponsors.
“I am incredibly moved by the Stubbings family’s commitment and ability to turn such a tragic loss into a powerful message of hope,” said Sharon Pitawanakwat, CEO, CMHA Thunder Bay Branch. “we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for their generosity.”
- Nearly 4,000 Canadians die each year by suicide, an average of 10 suicides per day.
- Suicide is one of the leading causes of premature death in Canada.
- Canadians are about seven times more likely to die from suicide than to be the victim of a homicide.
For more information contact:
Sharon Pitawanakwat, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA Thunder Bay Branch
807-345-5564 Ext. 244