The Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Youth Council is hosting the second annual “Glow Walk” for suicide and substance abuse awareness on Thursday, March 29. The event will take place at 6:30 pm on the Graves County Court House lawn.
Graves County ASAP Youth Council wants to break the silence about suicide and start the conversation about depression and suicide. Lourdes Mercy Health is the presenting sponsor for this event.
According to Kentucky Department of Vital Statistics, the Purchase Area has the highest suicide rate in the state. Dawn Willie, the guest speaker, will be sharing her story on how she lost her son to suicide and how it has affected her. There will be local resources and information on mental health issues, depression and suicide prevention.
Glow sticks handed out to attendees. They will represent different causes. Blue will represent supporting the cause. Purple will be for those who have lost a friend. Pink glow sticks will show people who are there because of the passing of a family member. Green will represent attendees personally struggling with these issues, and yellow glow sticks are for friends or family members of someone affected by these concerns.
“This event is much needed in Graves County,” said Lauren Carr, Project Coordinator. “Suicide and substance abuse go hand in hand. We are hoping as awareness rises, the stigma surrounding these issues will decrease, and more people will get help.”
“This Glow Walk is important for our community,” said Youth Council member and Mayfield High School Senior, Tony Aragonez. “It lets us physically show the community where we stand on these issues, or in this case ‘walk’ for awareness. It also gives the community a chance to participate in our coalition’s efforts, and adds a twist supporting the cause by using the glow sticks.”
For more information about this event, contact Lauren Carr at Lauren@gcasap.org or 270.247.3553 x248.
KY-ASAP was created in 2000 by the General Assembly to promote the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Kentucky. They do this by working with communities to help them identify existing needs and resources.
There are currently 75 local ASAP boards that cover 113 of 120 counties in the Commonwealth. The local boards consist of stakeholders in each county or multi-county jurisdiction. ASAP has become a vital part of substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts in many of Kentucky's communities.
The Graves County ASAP Board is comprised of local citizens who want to make a difference in their community. The abuse of drug - both prescription and illegal; the abuse of alcohol; the use of tobacco and other substances are problems in all communities. They believe that the ASAP Board can bring about a positive change in the community. All are welcome to local ASAP meetings, which are held at 1pm, on the 2nd Friday of almost every month at the Graves County Health Department.
To learn more about the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention, visit the organization’s website at www.gcasap.org. Of course, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24 hour hotline available to anyone in suicide crisis or distress; call 1.800.273.TALK (8255).