In recognition of the devastating impact suicide has on individuals and families, the 3rd annual Suicide Awareness Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at the Clark Auditorium in the Northwest Plaza at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.
More than 31,000 people complete suicide each year in the United States, and more than 425,000 people with self-inflicted injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
A Utah County task force called HOPE (Hold-On, Persuade and Empower) was created in 2002 to address the issue of suicide on a local level.
The HOPE Task Force, in partnership with Provo School District, Intermountain Healthcare, Nu Skin, Bona Signs and Provo City, is sponsoring the walk.
Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. A short program will kick off the walk and then participants will begin the two-mile walk from the Northwest Plaza.
This walk is being held in conjunction with the 8th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, which takes place Nov. 30.
Participants are invited to make posters to carry throughout the route of the walk. Posters must be in good taste and educate others about suicide prevention.
The picture of a loved one that suicide has affected may be displayed on the poster, as well.
For more information, please contact Lisa B. Bullock at 357-7612 or [email protected]