BENEFITING: SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE INC
EVENT: Walk for Hope 2016
EVENT DATE: Aug 14, 2016
Bethany Wirgowski wrote -
We believe that suicide and mental illness only happen to other families . If someone were to tell me Dennis would die by suicide , I would never ever believe that. January 25th 2014 Dennis did exactly that .
Being an Emergency RN for the past 20yrs I was aware of suicide but from a distance . Funds raised from the Walk For Hope provide much needed education in our community on suicide awareness and mental health education.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death . I believe we all need to be trained in suicide awareness just like we are trained in CPR. Mental Health deserves the same attention we give Cancer , Heart Disease and Stroke . You never know when you are going to be one of those families that thought suicide didnt apply to them .
Dennis never knew how to ask for help . He was a master of privacy and secrecy when it came to his emotions . I knew Dennis was struggling but I never realized how much . They say hindsight is 20/20 and I believe I could have helped Dennis or at least felt that I tried if I had the training and awareness I have today . I will never get that chance something a lot of us survivors struggle with. I am so Thankful for my survivors of suicide group and the friends I have made along this grief journey . Barb Smith you are an Angel you INSPIRE us and give us HOPE !
Please come Walke for Team Wirgo and be the VOICE for Dennis and help support Walk For Hope . It does make a difference , We can make a differnce !