Warriors of Hope March to Bring Awareness for Suicide Prevention

Sep 13, 2018

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calloway County will be holding a Suicide Awareness march this weekend at the Calloway County courthouse. Jennifer Taylor, member of the coalition and licensed professional clinical counselor at MSU, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming event.

There are many myths surrounding suicide in today's culture. Jennifer Taylor elaborates on these falsehoods, "we think that talking about it will cause someone to do it," although there is, "no evidence of that being true." The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calloway County was formed in 2015 to better educate the public on suicide and prevent as many deaths as possible. The march this weekend aims to destigmatize conversations regarding suicide or suicidal thoughts by providing education and resources on the subject. 

Jennifer Taylor is a licensed professional clinical counselor at Murray State University. She and Tracy discuss potential warning signs one can look for in loved ones, coworkers, etc., including changes in eating/sleeping habits, changes in substance abuse, little to no energy, isolation from people or things they enjoy, and changes in mood, such as unexplainable anger or "edginess." If you notice warning signs in yourself or someone around you, there are different options you can choose to get help. Local high schools have licensed professionals in their family resource centers, and Murray State University provides on-campus counseling. The National Suicide Hotline, available 24/7 and 365 days a year, is also a viable option. 

The Warriors of Hope March will take place at the Calloway County Courthouse on Saturday, September 15th, at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. Taylor encourages those looking to participate to show up a few minutes early to sign in. 

For more information on Warriors of Hope, visit their website or the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calloway County Facebook page. You can also reach the SPCCC at spcccinfo@gmail.com.