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MANISTEE, MICHIGAN On September 10, BeDaBin Behavioral Health of The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Centra Wellness Network will be holding a suicide awareness and prevention walk in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day.
“No matter what you are struggling with, hurting yourself is never the answer.”
says Julie Wolfe of BeDaBin Behavioral Health.
The walk will be held at Aki Madazawiin Center Circle, 2953 ShawBeQuo-Ung, Manistee, Michigan. A suicide prevention information booth will also be at the Aki Madazawiin Center Circle during the walk and feast. Free Registration begins at 5:30 pm followed by the walk at 6:00 pm, and the after walk feast at 7:00 pm.
This Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk will help raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues. The World Health Organization reports that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year and the number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
“A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness,”
“Recent statistics show that the Native American population has the highest rate of suicide of any ethnicity or race in the United States, and that it is the third leading cause of death in young people aged 15-24.”
“Call 1.800.273.8256 to talk to a counselor at a lifeline crisis center near you.”
“We want people who are despairing and thinking about suicide to know that there is help available,”
says Kate Johnson of Centra Wellness Network.
“All you need to do is ask for help. These walks mean so much to the survivor of suicide and to our communities.”
BeDaBin Behavioral Health and Centra Wellness (formerly Manistee/Benzie Community Health are partnering for this event to raise awareness for the people they serve and the whole community. World Suicide Prevention Day is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), a global association of academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers and suicide survivors from over 50 countries who are devoted to preventing suicidal behavior and alleviating its effects.
posted September 5, 2013 9:40 am edt