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.