Annual Suicide Awareness Walk Planned on Saturday in Owensboro, Kentucky
September is Suicide Prevention Month. If you've ever lost a loved one to suicide, you know why these mental health awareness events are so important. The 16th Annual Lifesavers Walk, hosted by Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, is coming up on Saturday. The community is invited for a day of remembering, fun, and fellowship.
This is a day I love and cherish for so many reasons. I've lost several people that I've loved throughout my life. It's heart-wrenching, and you're always left feeling like "What could I have done", "Did I miss a warning sign" or "Why didn't they reach out if they needed me". So many questions with very few answers. We all just need to be there for each other to do the best that we can. There are so many resources standing by to help.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
Back in the 80s', I volunteered at a crisis center on overnights. I would receive 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 somebody available 24/7 when the time arises. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline does exactly that. They're a free and confidential source of comfort. Help is always available and you are never alone. If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org if you need someone to speak with anytime day or night.
SUICIDE IN AMERICA
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the US. In 2021, 48,183 Americans died by suicide and an estimated 1.70M suicide attempts. On average, there are 132 suicides per day. These numbers are staggering and why mental health awareness is so important.
16TH ANNUAL OWENSBORO LIFESAVERS WALK
Bring your family and friends out for an inspirational day of fun on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at Moreland Park in Owensboro. Mental health advocates and crisis resources will be on-site from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM 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, Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group, event t-shirts, and more. WBKR will be on-site broadcasting. The event will open with a heartwarming butterfly release.
There will be a fun Zumba class set up to stretch before the walk. Children will have the chance to meet some local heroes too.
Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs will be on hand. It's a perfect way to honor some local heroes protecting and keeping us safe.
Multiple food trucks will also be parked and serving up some delicious food throughout the event!
This is 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 task force 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 as a group dedicated to providing help and support for those “survivors” who have lost a loved one to suicide. Approximately 30,000 people die each year in the United States by suicide."