Many things in this world have come out of the shadows and are now topics people are willing to talk about. However, the subject of suicide may still be talked about in hushed tones if talked about at all.
It is a horrible thought that someone may decide their life is not worth living anymore. It can also be a nightmare for those loved ones left behind as they battle the sense of guilt or failure.
This is Suicide Prevention Month and this week has been Suicide Prevention Week. Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Sauk Valley, Valerie Roberts, says the most important thing you can do to help prevent suicide is to talk about it. She says if a loved one may be thinking of self harm talking to the person about those feelings may just stop a suicide.
Roberts says there are several places a person can turn to find out information or find someone to talk to. She said KSB and Sinnissippi Centers have people on staff and the health departments have information.
As a way of creating awareness and hoping to break the stigma of suicide, the group will be hold their Out of the Darkness Walk this Saturday September 15th. The walk will be at Lowell Park beginning at the Lion Shelter.
The registration is 8am and the walk will be from 9-10am with other activities and such offered at the event.