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Regina’s owner’s family talks about the prevalence of mental illness and the need for support after suffering serious injuries from a fall.
Peg Leippi, who co-owns Peg’s Kitchen — a staple in Regina’s business community — with her husband Vern, has struggled with depression for years, according to her daughter-in-law.
Alyssa Libby told CTV News that despite her quest for mental health support, Peg attempted suicide on Saturday morning.
“Anyone who met my mother-in-law, saw her, or came to the store, she was always happy,” she said. “She lit up everyone’s day, she was joking, and no one would know she was struggling.”
Alyssa said she wanted others who might struggle to know that they weren’t alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected small businesses on Peg, as restaurant restrictions have come in many forms over the past 18 months.
“We took a financial hit in October, which really pushed her a little bit more aggressively,” Alyssa said.
“I struggled to get out of it.”
Begg suffered a broken collarbone, a shoulder, a broken vertebra, bruising to the lungs, a fractured pelvis, and severe trauma to her lower back.
Her family said doctors had advised that the injuries would likely paralyze the chest down.
“We are fortunate that she is still alive, and we are grateful that she is still with us, however, she has a very long way to go to recovery,” said Alyssa.
The family’s biggest concern looking to the future is making accessibility renovations to Peg’s home. The relocation expected to be costly, and Alyssa started a GoFundMe page. As of Tuesday evening, the page had raised more than $30,000.
“Pige and Verne have been part of the community for a long time,” Alyssa said.
“It’s really nice to see now how much they mean that to the community.”
If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, here are some resources available.
Canada Suicide Prevention Helpline (1-833-456-4566)
Center for Addiction and Mental Health (180463-2338)
Canadian Crisis Services (1-833-456-4566 or text 45645)
Child Helpline (1-800-668-6868)
If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.