Community walk scheduled for suicide prevention awareness

By Ryne Turke on September 10, 2015 at 8:28am

In remembrance of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Morgan-Scott Suicide Prevention Coalition is holding a community gathering tonight in Winchester

Julia Degroot is an employment specialist at the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. She explains the purpose of the first annual “Walk Out of the Darkness” event.

“We just recently started the Morgan Scott Suicide Prevention Coalition. A group of concerned citizens, businesses and agencies saw a need to do something with the local suicide problems that we have had,” says DeGroot.

“We are walking to save lives. It is going to be held at the United Methodist Church from 8-9 p.m.”

DeGroot hopes this event promotes awareness for individuals suffering in the area.

“We want to let people know that there is someone out there they can talk to. We want to honor the lives of those who have been lost and the families who have suffered,” says DeGroot.

Refreshments will be served after the program concludes.

Anyone in need of assistance is encouraged to contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The local Suicide Coalition meets the second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at Central Christian Church.