Elk Valley Suicide Task Force

The Elk Valley Suicide Task Force (EVSTF) and the Fernie Trail Alliance are proud to host the fourth annual Summer Solstice Ride in Fernie! Ride from dawn to dusk in the name of mental health and suicide awareness in the Elk Valley. This year, the focus on community, connection and inclusivity continues and collaborations with community partners include Fernie Gravel Grind, Cycling Without Age, Stag Leap and Fernie Leisure Athletes. 

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, January 7, 2023

The popular Fernie on Fire event, Fernie’s biggest bonfire of the year, is once again taking place this January 7, 2023.

Fernie on Fire originated in 2016, when former City Counsellor Dennis Schafer approached the fire department with the idea. He had seen a similar event out east and thought it would be a good fit for Fernie.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, December 24, 2022

This year to encourage connection the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force, Stag Leap and leisure athletes are meeting together at 10am on Christmas Eve for a walk, jog or run up to the Montane Hut.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 10, 2022
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force for an evening of raising awareness for suicide prevention, speakers sharing their personal stories, music, and a candlelit memorial walk. Special Guest Speaker: Adam Campbell.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an opportunity to educate others by raising awareness of suicide and to promote action that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. The first WSPD was launched in Stockholm on September 2003 as an initiative of International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way of focusing attention on Suicide and confirming the message: Suicides Are Preventable.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Ride dusk to dawn in the name of mental health and suicide awareness in the Elk Valley.

For registration please go here.

Thanks to the many sponsors, there are amazing prices to win! Registering by June 16th will automatically enter you into this draw.

Event Date(s): 
Friday, June 24, 2022
9pm until late

Join us on June 24th from 9pm for a night of Drinks, Dancing and Drag with some amazing local talent!

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at The Grand Central Fernie. Fundraising for Elk Valley Suicide Task Force.

Studies show that spending time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition. It came to no surprise then that when a local avid biker decided to bike from sunrise to sunset for Summer Solstice in 2020, as the pandemic was in its infancy and we were faced with so many unknowns, he approached the Elk Valley Suicide Task force to partner and raise much needed funds and awareness through what would be called the Solstice Ride for Mental Health. 

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every week until Tue Mar 29 2022.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Elk Valley Suicide Task Force is offering a 2-day Mental Health 1st Air Course to all Elk Valley residents.

Available March 26th and 27th or March 28th and 29th

Registration fee is $200. Due to community support and grants they are able to offer the course for $20. To secure your spot, they kindly ask you to etransfer this to elkvalleystf@gmail.com and which dates you would like to attend.

Event Date(s): 
Monday, March 7, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Use creation to clear your mind at the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force’s Art Cleansing Sessions. This is not an art class, but an art experience. This sessions focus is on building community and connection, rather than skills. Surrender to the cathartic benefits of creative expression and find joy in times of darkness by delving into your imagination with curiosity.