BULLHEAD CITY – Every suicide is heartbreaking, and the heartbreak ripples out into the families and friends of the hurting souls. The Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk on September 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rotary Park River View Legacy Ramada, wants to give survivors, loved ones, families and friends a positive environment in order to honor, remember and celebrate themselves and their loved ones.
“We do a lot more than just feed and clothe the homeless,” said Robert Brandefine, organizer of the Walk, which is put on by the Guardian Foundation. Expect to see every mental health along with most of the health organizations in the tri-state region at the walk, as well as raffles, a Corvette Club appearance, sidewalk chalk for memorials on the walk, a ladder truck from the main Bullhead City fire station on Hancock Street, a drone and a live band. Testimonies are given respectfully.
The community remains generous; there’s a great range of raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Enter the raffles by adding a raffle ticket to a jar corresponding with the gift you want to win. Gifts range from a three-night stay at Aquarius with $50 gift card for food, jet ski rentals, tee times, sports paraphernalia and more.
With the nationwide launch of a three-digit (988) suicide prevention line, more people will get help when they gain the courage to reach out. It may not seem like it at the time, but getting help, addressing the pain, really is better than the alternative.