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. Every 13 minutes, a person dies in the United States by suicide. 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 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gregg Park in Vincennes, Indiana. The event takes place on World Suicide Prevention Day and the goal is to “Be the Change” and increase awareness about this preventable cause of death. “We want to help connect people to the support and help that they need,” said Andrea Cole, Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Good Samaritan. “This event will be a great way to start 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. “We want everyone to become more aware of the topic, help eliminate the stigma and silence, and be the change that will lead to the betterment of our communities,” said Cole.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free event and show your support. Attendees can help spread the word about suicide prevention, participate in the walk or donate 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 by purchasing a t-shirt by contacting the Samaritan Center at 812-886-6800.

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