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Local Event: Walk About to Talk About Suicide Prevention Sept 15th - 09/11/18

KENNEWICK, WA – September is Suicide Awareness Month, and the Benton Franklin Suicide Prevention Coalition (BFSPC) is pleased to host the 10th Annual “Walk About to Talk About Suicide Prevention” walk on Saturday, September 15th. Registration begins at 10:30 AM in the parking lot of Outback Steakhouse on Canal Drive in Kennewick.  The annual walk is free and open to all who wish to participate in raising awareness about suicide prevention and remembering those we have lost.

The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (2016) shows that 21% of 10th graders thought about attempting suicide. In 2017, we lost 11 young lives to suicide in Benton and Franklin Counties. It is the second leading cause of death in our state.   

Help is immediately available by calling or texting the following:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • LGBT at (866) 4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
  • Local Crisis line at 509-783-0500
  • Text “Heal” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741

Community members are encouraged to participate in the 10th Annual Walk About event to raise suicide prevention awareness and remember those we’ve lost.  At the event, the first 100 participants will receive a free “bloomin’ onion” coupon from Outback, as well as a t-Shirt. For more information, contact Cameron Fordmeir at on.Fordmeir@lourdesonline.org">Cameron.Fordmeir@lourdesonline.org or 509.783.0500.

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The Benton/Franklin Suicide Prevention Coalition is a local group consisting of concerned citizens, mental health professionals, clergy, educators and social workers who meet the first Wednesday of each month at 9:15AM at the United Way Bldg. Our Mission: To promote awareness and understanding that suicide is a preventable health problem and to encourage our community to TALK ABOUT IT.

Attached Media Files: Walk About Poster 2018
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