Despite the heat, over 130 participants attended Prevent Suicide Columbia County’s Walk for Hope on September 23, 2017, at the Portage High School track. Our combined efforts raised a total of $4,713.00! Funds raised help provide free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training that teaches 3 steps anyone can take to save a life from suicide, public information campaigns including an on-screen video shown at the Portage Theatre before each movie, support groups for survivors of suicide loss, and more!
We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you who walked laps in the intense heat, sharing stories of hope, and offering each other strength and understanding. One in ten of our walkers stayed on for a free afternoon training on suicide prevention, learning the steps they could take to save a life. You are our everyday heroes.
In addition to our walkers, we thank our host, the Portage Community Schools, as well as our volunteers, musicians, speakers, and sponsors, for your shared commitment to our vision of a suicide-free community.
The rates of suicide attempts and deaths are higher in our county than state averages. We must all do our part to end the stigma that kills. Attend a free training and learn how to ask a question and save a life. Start the conversation about mental health with your loved ones. Concerned about someone? Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 or call Northwest Connections at 888-552-6642. Suicide is preventable, and suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Make it yours. For more information on how you can partner with us to prevent suicide, please visit the Help Save a Life page or contact us.
Nathan Pieper Family and Friends
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who sponsored our fifth annual Walk for Hope on September 23, 2017. Click on the logos of sponsors below to be directed to their websites.
Balloons with messages for loved ones lost to suicide are released to the
sky at the start of our Walk. Visit ourFacebook page for more photos!
Thank You for supporting our
Walk for Hope in 2017!