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Published April 28. 2022 6:48PM | Updated April 28. 2022 6:58PM
Norwich — Norwich Youth and Family Services will host its 10th annual Suicide Awareness Event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Fontaine Field, across from Kelly Middle School on Mahan Drive.
The family-friendly event is free and will include laps around the track, as well as music, children’s entertainment, hands-on healing and information provided by NYFS on suicide awareness and prevention.
The walk begins with a silent lap around the track to bring awareness to those that have been lost to suicide. Attendees will have the opportunity to wear color-coded beaded necklaces that signify their personal connection with suicide, and walkers will receive a card to track the distance they walk, earning raffle tickets for prizes for their laps.
Started in 2012, this annual event aims to bring the community together to raise awareness about suicide prevention and create an opportunity to memorialize those who have died by suicide. Each year, NYFS coordinator Erin Haggan and Norwich Free Academy Prevention Council program coordinator Jodi Savage have worked together to keep the walk going.
“The suicide prevention walk is one of my favorite events,” Savage said in a news release on the event. “It is an event that brings together people who have been impacted in some way by suicide and want to learn more about prevention. It is also a way to keep the conversation going that there is support and help available, and that you are never alone. In some ways it is a celebration of life, and a way to honor those who have died by suicide all in one.”
Local service and wellness providers will set up around Fontaine Field to provide attendees with important information regarding local resources for mental health and other supports and resources.
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