September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the local Do Not Lose Hope movement will host its seventh annual Walk/Remembrance to help end the silence and stigma of mental illness and shine hope on those who suffer.
The event takes places from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, at Harmon Field in Tryon.
At 6:30 p.m. there will be a dove release to remember those who have lost their battle with mental illness.
There will be free t-shirts, food, candles, and children’s activities provided at this family friendly event. Local organizations will be available with helpful resources.
The event is sponsored by the Polk County Health and Wellness Coalition, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, and the Polk County Community Foundation. If you have any questions, contact Mary Wells Prioleau at 828-899-9699 or visit Do Not Lose Hope’s Facebook page.
Do Not Lose Hope is the group responsible for the 132 sunflower posters that have been on display during September at Stearns Park in Columbus. The flowers symbolize the number of suicides committed each day in the United States, according to the 2019 statistics. There’s also a banner with 132 photos, names, and dates of people lost to suicide. Each person on the banner was recommended by someone in Polk County and includes people who died due to overdoses and mental health issues. This display will be up until October 1.