September is "Suicide Awareness Month" and suicide has been on the rise especially since the pandemic began in 2020. In 2020, there was 130 suicides a day, the number grew in 2021 and it looks like it's going to be worse in 2022.

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Almost every day we hear a story of someone committing suicide that we had NO idea there was anything wrong. Whether it's a celebrity like Naomi Judd or a friend that you've known for a long, you just never really know.

BC SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) is hosting its 3rd annual "Chalk The Walk, Have The Talk" event. Beginning on September 10th (World Suicide Prevention Day) through September 16th, you can use chalk to help spread awareness.

You are asked to use your chalk to beautify paved surfaces with messages and images of hope and resilience. You can help promote suicide prevention and mental wellness and reduce the stigma and start conversations around mental health.

BC SAFE Chalk The Walk Contest

You can enter your chalk art here to enter their contest. Contest begins on September 10th and ends on September 16th. You must be 18 years old or provide parent/guardian permission. If you need chalk, you can visit the BCSAFECoalition FB page or call (607) 778-1146.

BC SAFE/Eric Maruscak
BC SAFE/Eric Maruscak

If you don't know where to turn or need help, you can always call the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. It's free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Suicide is preventable. Mental Illness is treatable. Addiction recovery is possible.

You are beautifully and wonderfully made and you would be missed if you weren't here. No matter what your going through, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Once again, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is 988. available anytime.


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