RLA and WHCR raise suicide awareness with a Suicide Prevention Walk
It was a nice Sunday evening when students, faculty and family members walked together around campus, participating in the Suicide Prevention Walk beginning at the Clock Tower by the Student Center, to help raise awareness about suicide as well as raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
RLA and Western Community Health Resources organized this event to bring people affected by suicide together and build awareness within the community about suicide.
Many people were interested in bringing awareness about suicide to the community in order to help their loved ones as well as themselves. There were thirty one participants including Chadron State College students, faculty, and supportive family members. They all walked together around campus to learn about and show support to those affected by suicide. Members from Omega Phi Rho also helped with the events by holding signs that contained facts and information about suicide at every corner of the route.
Amy Carnahan from the Western Community Health Resources, located at 300 Shelton Street in Chadron, came to the event and talked about suicide. She compared the thoughts of people who have suicidal tendencies to a constant rain, which only had negative impacts on themselves and others. She also emphasized that suicide was a last resort for those people, not an option. We needed to help each other to prevent the worst outcome.
Cody Cooper, 23, senior of Gothenburg, decided to bring this event to campus independently as a RLA event.
“The main purpose of this is to raise awareness about suicide because it does not affect just one or two people but the community as a whole,” Cooper said.
The money raised from this walk will be donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support people who are in need as well as future research to prevent suicide.