Sunday, September 26th, 2021

County recognizes Suicide Prevention week

Posted: Friday, September 3, 2021

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States with one youth dying every four days in Indiana.  One in nine high school students will attempt suicide while one in five will contemplate suicide. The age group that has seen the biggest increase in suicidal thoughts and attempts is the 15- to 19-year-old group. The good news is suicide is preventable!

September has been recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The intent is to bring awareness to the risk factors and warning signs of suicide in an effort to increase the number of ways people can get assistance if they are contemplating suicide. The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force have numerous activities planned during the month of September.

The 10th Annual Walk for Hope will be held on September 18 at Kriegbaum Field.

“We are doing things a little differently this year, in order to highlight the services available within Huntington County. Local providers will have booths lined around the field with information on their programs and services,” shared Crystal Kish, Safe Place coordinator.

Other activities include the making of sidewalk art, an area to make personalized luminaries that will line the track and an area that those in attendance can tie dye T-shirts. The booths open at 5:30 p.m. with registration for the walk beginning at 6 p.m. The invocation is at 6:45 p.m. with the walk beginning at 7 p.m.

A free suicide prevention training, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), will be held on September 23 at the YSB office located at 1344 Maple Drive from 5 to 7 p.m. The training will provide the warning signs, risk factors and appropriate action steps associated with suicide.

“Suicide has a lasting impact not only on the person who dies by but for everyone who knows them,” said Jan Williams, executive director. She continued, “Nearly 200,000 people are affected each year by suicide. People do not know how to respond to someone who has lost a loved one by suicide so they often times avoid the situation completely, which leaves the survivor to grieve alone.”

To learn more about the walk, training or to obtain information about suicide prevention, download the flyer here, contact the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681 or visit the website at

The Huntington County Commissioners recognized the week of September 5 through 11 as being National Suicide Prevention week. They further proclaimed that Huntington County would recognize the month of September as “Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month.”

Shown in the photo are County Commissioners Terry Stoffel and Tom Wall; Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County and Crystal Kish, Safe Place Coordinator.