Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Annual Walk for Hope to be held September 21

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019

The 9th Annual Walk for Hope will be held Saturday September 21 in the Huntington North Fieldhouse. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

The two mile walk consists primarily of Cherry and Poplar streets. The walk is hosted by the Youth Services Bureau and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force. This year’s sponsors are Indiana Suicide Prevention Network and Bippus State Bank.

“Last year there were 100 walkers. We would love to have more this year,” shared Trace Hinesley, HCCSC and task force member.

The Walk is also a YMCA Battle of the Businesses event.

“The main purpose of the walk is to bring awareness to the issue of suicide and the impact this has on our community,” stated Shelly Snyder, director of the Huntington Bowen Center and a task force member.

Walkers can pre-register by contacting the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681 or visiting the agency’s website at www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org. Registrations are accepted up to the day of the event. Participants may seek donations or sponsors if they wish to do so. All funds raised will be used to help provide suicide prevention activities in Huntington County. Donations are tax deductible.

According to Indiana data, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens, one youth is lost to suicide every four days, one in 10 high school students will attempt suicide before they leave high school, boys are three times more likely to die from suicide, while girls are four times more likely to attempt suicide.

“In 2018, 85 youths in Huntington County received immediate assistance through the community protocol as they contemplated suicide,” stated Jan Williams, YSB and task force member.

The Youth Services Bureau and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force have taken an aggressive approach to suicide prevention since 2009. The development of a comprehensive community approach has provided a safety net for young people who are contemplating suicide and provides them with immediate access to assistance. The group provides community education to adults and youth on the warning signs, risk factors and appropriate actions steps. Informational cards and posters are displayed throughout the county as a reminder of the information and emergency numbers.

To learn more about suicide prevention and/or the Walk, contact the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681. Email questions to adm@ysbofhuntingtonco.org.