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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Suicide Preceded By Warning Signs In Most Cases

Our ability to pick up on the warning signs from those who are experiencing thoughts of suicide needs fine-tuning. 

That coming from Forensic Suicidologist Dr. Greg Zed during provincial Suicide Prevention Month, who tells CHSJ News between 95 to 98 percent of people who have taken their own life have left some type of warning sign or invitation to help.

He says we need to become acutely aware of these red flags, and then engage the person to get on the path to help. And while some people may feel as though they are beyond help, Zed says in his 37 years of working in mental health he hasn't come across a single situation where a person's problem or illness was beyond treatment.

Those needing help are encouraged to call CHIMO helpline at 1-800-667-5005 or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. They can also contact their nearest community mental-health centre or consult their family doctor. If you're looking for more information about provincial Suicide Prevention Month, click here.

Tips On How To Be Safe While Snowmobiling

For many New Brunswickers, snowy weather means a chance to hop on a snowmobile and hit the trails, but the Mounties warning you not to head out without taking some safety precautions first.

The RCMP say you should check what the weather is going to be.....dress in layers with gloves, a helmet and proper eye protection.......Never ride alone......Let people know your route and when you plan to be back.....Ride sober and don't go too fast......Carry a map and take note the the shelters along the way.......Try not to cross bodies of water but if you have to, wear a life jacket over your winter clothing and never cross in a single file.

February Is Heart Health Month In New Brunswick

Thinking about matters of the heart isn't just reserved for Valentine's Day. 

February is Heart Health Month and Lizzy Gresh of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick says they encourage people to eat well, get active and be tobacco-free.

Gresh says obesity is a big risk factor for developing heart disease and stroke so you want to look at how much you weigh and also where you carry your body weight, because if you carry your weight in your stomach it's around all of your internal organs which can increase your risk.

Heart disease and stroke are two of the top three leading causes of death in Canada. Click here for more information about heart health in New Brunswick.

Storm Bringing Heavy Snowfall & Strong Winds

Batten down the hatches, because Old Man Winter is bringing another storm system our way. 

Meteorologist with Environment Canada Andy Firth tells CHSJ News says snow will develop by this evening, starting over southwestern areas of the province and spreading elsewhere by midnight. A large portion of southern and eastern New Brunswick will get a dumping of between 25 to 45 centimeters of snow before it wraps up later in the day tomorrow, with winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour.

The Moncton area, Kent County and Kouchibouguac National Park are under both Winter Storm and Storm Surge warnings.

Renewed Interest In City's Commercial Real Estate

It appears there's renewed interest in commercial real estate in the greater Saint John area. 

Two heritage buildings on Prince William and Water Streets have recently sold after being on the market for some time. And Saint John Real Estate Board president Jason Stephen tells CHSJ News it doesn't stop there.