The 15th annual Lifeguards Walk, organized by the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, takes place on Saturday. The community is invited for a day of remembrance, fun and camaraderie. Great things are planned for the whole family!
Suicide Prevention Month is underway and what a way to celebrate. If you’ve ever lost a loved one to suicide, you know why these mental health awareness events are so important. I have lost several people that I have known and loved throughout my life. It’s heartbreaking and you always wonder “what could I have done”, “did I miss a warning sign” or “why didn’t they reach out if they had need me”. So many questions with very few answers. We all need to be there for each other to do our best. And, above all, educate yourself.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
In the 80s, I volunteered at a crisis center at night. I was getting many calls where the caller just wanted to talk. Talk about nothing and talk about everything. I was just happy to be there to lend an ear. Sometimes when someone is in need, that’s all they want. Someone to listen. And, it’s essential to have someone available 24/7 when the moment arises. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline does exactly that. They are a free and confidential source of comfort. Help is always available and you are never alone. Call 800-273-8255 if you need someone to talk to at any time of the day or night.
Suicide in the United States
According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2019, 47,511 Americans died by suicide and an estimated 1.38 million attempted suicides. These numbers are staggering and explain why mental health awareness is so important.
15th Annual Owensboro Lifeguards Walk
Bring your family and friends for an inspiring day of fun on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Moreland Park in Owensboro. Mental health advocates and crisis resources will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to noon to show us how to protect our mental health, prevent suicide, and change lives. volunteers with the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition will have information on FREE QPR training, suicide survivor support group, free lunch, event t-shirts, and more. WBKR will broadcast on sight from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jessica Hodges will be giving a fun Zumba class starting at 11am. Children also have the chance to meet local heroes.
Police, firefighters and paramedics will be present. It’s a perfect way to honor some local heroes who protect and protect us.
Several food trucks will also be parked and will serve delicious dishes throughout the event!
It’s such a fun and beautiful way to bring the community together!
1215 Hickman Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301
Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition Mission
“The Coalition began as a working group formed in 2004 and has grown to include many community members. We are your neighbors and we are all interested in reducing the negative impact that suicide has on our community. Our primary focus is prevention, but we started out as a group dedicated to providing help and support to “survivors” who have lost a loved one to suicide. About 30,000 people die each year in the United States by suicide..”