In the wake of the recent suicidal tragedy coming out of Hollywood, plans have been announced for the upcoming Third Annual Suicide Awareness Unity Walk.
This walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the old Franklin County High School football field, located 839 Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester.
The event will bring together people of all ages and races to remember those lost to suicide and support future efforts to save lives and battle depression, said Chris Ross, director.
Of course there will be tons of great music, food, games and events, but the main focus is awareness and prevention.
“Our goal for this year remains the same in providing financial support for Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim and I feel like we need a much greater push for awareness and prevention to be able to make a difference in our community,” said Ross.
Contact Lifeline offers a very supportive and confidential 24/7 help line which has helped many local people work through difficult spots in their lives.
That helpline number is 1-800-454-8336 and has kind, compassionate people who are currently ready to field calls and help people, Ross said.
For more information about Contact Lifeline, please visit their webpage at www.contactlifelinehr.org.
“To impact this silent epidemic in the greatest way, we need people from all over southern Middle Tennessee and northern Alabama to be in attendance showing support and learning about how they can make a difference in the lives of the people around them,” Ross said.
“We are grateful to the sponsors who have already climbed on board including premiere sponsor, Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.”
According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 in Tennessee and continues to be in the top 10 leading causes of death for all age groups.
Suicides in Tennessee have steadily increased over the last 30 years with the most recent peak in 2008.
Lincoln County’s suicide rate falls below the median; however, neighboring Coffee County is above median and Franklin and Marshall counties are substantially above median.