Clarion County Coalition hosts suicide awareness walk

Lindsey Mays – Staff Writer

The Clarion County Coalition held its third annual suicide awareness walk on Thursday Sept. 14 at the Clarion Veteran’s Park.

The main goal of this event is to promote suicide awareness and prevention in Clarion County. This event included a DJ, guest speakers and other activities. Following the walk, a vigil was held to remember all who are affected by suicide.

The event was held during the week of National Suicide Prevention. This week of awareness activities had an annual campaign in the United States since 1975. The idea behind it is to engage and inform the public of suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide. Since 2015 it has become an annual gathering for the community to come together in camaraderie and raise awareness.

Sarah Hunsberger is a sophomore at Clarion University and attended this walk with some members of the Psychology Club, the group strongly supports suicide awareness.

When asked about her experience, she stated, “I thought the event had an impressive number of people show up, a lot of whom were from my community that has been rattled by suicide several times. The guest speaker was genuine and a lot of her struggles with anxiety and depression I felt really struck a cord with everyone in attendance. The walk wasn’t long, but our line of advocates were.”

Anyone can come out on Oct. 12 to hear guest speaker Dennis Gillan speak about mental health, hear his personal story about dealing with the suicide of two brothers, and how he learned to get back on his two feet. This free event is being held in Hart Chapel at 6 p.m.

It is important to remember that each individual is fighting a battle of their own. Be the light in someone’s time of darkness. Every individual has the power to promote change for the greater good or to bring dismay. Be the change you hope to see in society.

The Clarion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is always looking for ways to be more involved with the community. For volunteer opportunities and events in the area, visit www.clarionsuicideawareness.com.

The Psychology Club on campus is selling suicide awareness bracelets for a limited time. The cost of the bracelets are three dollars. To get one of your own, contact a club member or email psychclub@clarion.edu.

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