Suicide prevention, awareness goal of 'Be the Light' walk

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The "Be the Light Walk" will take place on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM. This
family-friendly event lights up the night to reduce stigma and prevent suicide. Local Five Anchor Erin Davisson will be the night's emcee. 

Registration opens at 6pm, Septembers 16th at the KI Convention Center. Learn more about organizations and agencies around Northeast Wisconsin that are actively working toward the goal of prevention, intervention and post-vention of suicide at our Resource Fair.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas Joiner will speak at 7pm.  The night will end with a picturesque 1-mile candlelight walk through Downtown Green Bay. Anyone who wishes to talk to Dr. Joiner can meet him on the Green Bay City Deck. 

Dr. Joiner grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Distinguished Research Professor and The Bright-Burton Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology,and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions.

Each year, over 800 Wisconsin residents die by suicide. For every death by suicide, 6 people are affected. In 2016, nearly 50 died by suicide in Brown County. Communities from Brown County are looking to break the stigma surrounding depression and suicide as well as address the reality of suicide. Over 25,700 community members have been trained in the QPR suicide prevention model since 2008. In 2017 there has been 5,026 trained in QPR, in which 4,245 of them were youth trained in SOS.

Be the Light Walk is an annual fundraising and awareness event of the Brown County Coalition
for Suicide Prevention. The Coalition is committed to promoting awareness that suicide is a
public health problem that is preventable by providing education to decrease the stigma
associated with mental health and suicide.

The group engages in prevention strategies to reduce suicide in Brown County through grass roots efforts, including outreach, education and gatekeeper training utilizing the Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) program and Signs of Suicide (SOS) trainings for youth. The Bellin Health Foundation serves as fiscal agent for this Coalition of over 30 different organizations in addition to many community volunteers whose
lives have been impacted by suicide.

Donations can be made to the Coalition by making checks
payable to ‘Brown County Suicide Prevention Program Fund’ and mailed to:
Bellin Health Foundation
740 S Van Buren St
Green Bay, WI 54301


For more information and registration details, please visit our website at bethelightwalk.com


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