Suicide Awareness Walk Set For Sunday in St. Clairsville
Jerry’s Walk – Illuminating Suicide Awareness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness, will be hosting its inaugural suicide awareness walk Sunday at the St. Clairsville-Richland Township Memorial Park.
There is a cost to participate. Those interested may register online at jerryswalk.org. All proceeds will be used for suicide prevention and education programs in Belmont County.
Check-in for walk will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. A balloon release ceremony, designed to memorialize those lost to suicide, will take place at 3 p.m., followed immediately by the walk.
“Jerry’s Walk was created by our family as a way to honor my father, Jerry Williams, who we lost to suicide in 2011,” Sandy Williams said. “After suffering such a devastating loss, we were firm in our commitment to remove the stigma that hangs over suicide to make it safe for those battling with suicidal feelings to reach out for help. The vision for Jerry’s Walk is two-fold: First, we will bring what is truly a public health crisis out of the shadows and into our community conversation, and second, we will raise money for suicide prevention programs for local schools and communities as well as training programs for counselors who work with those struggling.
“The April 30 walk is our first event and it is meant not only as a fundraising opportunity, but also as an opportunity for those who have been touched by suicide in any way to come together in an atmosphere of mutual support,” Williams continued.
In addition to registration, anyone wishing to donate to the event may do so at jerryswalk.org.