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Happy campaign focuses on suicide prevention

Thousands of Edmonton students took part in an event to promote happiness and suicide prevention, Friday, May 29, 2015.

EDMONTON — Many people will tell you what they really want from life is just to be happy. A campaign is aiming at helping people do exactly that.

During the month of May, the #31 Days of Happy campaign has been helping bring a little more happiness to Edmontonians by holding “31 surprise acts of happiness.”

The initiative is in support of The Support Network, which oversees the operations of the Crisis Support Centre, 211 Alberta – Edmonton and Area Distress Line, and the Wellness Network.

“We think it’s important to support charities like The Support Network because they do such great work. We just wanted to bring [to] the forefront suicide prevention but in a happy way,” said Greg Burns, Edmonton City Centre Mall Marketing Director.

On Friday, the campaign moved to Foote Field, where up to 4,000 students took part in the Little Big Run. It was an event that encourage students to participate fitness activities in a happy environment.

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“The Little Big Run is an opportunity for children to get out of the traditional classroom and experience exercise and fitness in a fun environment, with their classmates, and other students their age from across Edmonton,” said Brian Kropman, The Canadian Athletics Coach Centre Director.

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