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Remembering those lost to suicide

 

Meghann Levitt

Attendees walk through Carlton as part of the effort to raise suicide awareness in the community.

Over 220 people attended this year's eighth annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk held at Carlton High School on Saturday, October 8.

Attendees walked a 1.5 mile loop through Carlton and returned to the high school to listen to speakers and gather available community resources. The purpose of the annual walk is to bring awareness to the community about what a pertinent issue suicide is and how essential is is to support efforts toward prevention. The event is also held to be a memorial walk to remember those lost to suicide.

Mike Waldron, executive director for 23rd Veteran (http://23rdveteran.org/), shared his history of working through PTSD, which led to his passion for developing a local non-profit that is creating a long-term successful transition for veterans with traumatic experiences.

Sara Langhorst, who lost her son to suicide in 2014, shared her story as a parent survivor.

Megan Alama with Carlton County Public Health and Human Services shared information on School Linked Mental Health in some of the Carlton County schools.

Amanda Radtke with the Human Development Center shared information about crisis appointment availability and local grief support groups.

Jo Angell, parent survivor, was instrumental in planning the event and many businesses stepped up with donations.

Anyone interested in joining the Carlton County Suicide Prevention Task Force can contact Meghann Levitt (Carlton County Public Health and Human Services) at (218) 879-4511.

 

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