Niagara marks World Mental Health Day

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Today marks World Mental Health Day and a rally will be held tonight marking the progress the community has made over the past year.

Niagara has been impacted by a rash of suicides at a downtown St. Catharines bridge, and that will be the scene of a gathering tonight.

The Rally of Hope will see residents gather at Memorial Park at 7 p.m. and then walk down to the bridge.

Organizer Wendy Duggan from Niagara United says this year's event will be celebrating the progress Niagara has made. "A lot of committees were formed, numbers were put on bridges, we're going to get the barriers on the bridge."

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik will be announcing a donation for mental health services in the community this afternoon. 

Police have confirmed there were 66 reported deaths by suicide last year in Niagara.

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