Second Annual Suicide Prevention Walk Hosted By Good Samaritan’s Samaritan Center
Suicide is a major public health crisis and continues to affect more and more individuals each year. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States killing more than 44,000 people every year. Locally, one in three individuals has been impacted by suicide and the effects often linger across generations because of the unwillingness to communicate after an attempt or death.
In order to raise awareness and break the silence of suicide, Good Samaritan’s Samaritan Center will be hosting a Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, September 9 from 9 to 11 a.m at Gregg Park in Vincennes, Indiana. The event takes place the day before World Suicide Prevention Day and the goal is to “Be the Change” and increase awareness about this preventable cause of death. “We want to continue to connect people so that hope can be created amongst those affected by suicide and so that lives can actually be saved from our community’s efforts,” said Andrea Cole, Executive Director of Primary Care and Behavioral Health at Good Samaritan. “This event will be a great way to continue our community-wide journey around suicide awareness and prevention.”
The event will start with a bead gathering ceremony that will be followed by emotional, personal stories detailing the occurrence and impact of suicide. An optional one-lap walk will take place and a balloon dedication will close the ceremony.
As a hospital-based community mental health center, the Samaritan Center is taking the lead on suicide prevention and asking for the entire community to assist in the journey. “Our goals are to help prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce the stigma that is felt by many and then show the community the resources that exist for those touched by suicide. We want everyone to continue to be the change that will lead to the betterment of our community,” said Cole.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free event and show your support. Community members can help spread the word about suicide prevention by participating in the walk or donating to the Samaritan Center Foundation to help individuals in need and/or help with expanding the suicide prevention program. Individuals can also show their support and purchase a t-shirt by contacting the Samaritan Center at 812-886-6800. Shirts will also be on sale the day of the walk.