Dayton, Nevada – On Sept 10th, more than a dozen communities throughout Nevada are participating in the annual Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope event.
The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the effects suicide has on our nation and state, and to remember those who have been lost to suicide.
At the Dayton Community Center (170 Pike Street), keynote speaker Kim Desroches will describe some of the region’s many suicide prevention resources that can help instill hope and promote healing. A Dayton resident, Kim is part of the History Faculty at Western Nevada College, and is a certified safeTALK trainer and a probationary ASIST trainer who has been a volunteer in suicide prevention since 2006, and a trainer since 2013.
Kim’s talk will be followed by a “Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope” through Old Town Dayton.
Sponsorship: Those who register for the special event are joining a nationwide community of thousands of people who are participating in the “Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope.” In Nevada, the event is sponsored by the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention and supported by the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention, along with many community partners.
Partners: In Dayton, Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey is one of the community partners helping to organize a walk, and director Christy McGill encouraged people to “ask your family, friends and co-workers to walk as a team. You’ll be amazed by how many people want to help.”
Misty Allen, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Office of Suicide Prevention, explains, “We have greatly increased efforts in Nevada to educate people about what to look for and how to help if someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide. Events such as ‘Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope’ assist in this goal by bringing the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention, community members, and other partners together in raising awareness.”
HOW TO REGISTER: People can download a printable registration form, or register onsite the day of the event. For more information on times and locations for each community walk in Nevada, plus the Walk registration form, please visit the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention website and see the bottom of this page: