Silver Springs, Nevada – On Saturday, September 15, more than a dozen communities throughout Nevada will participate in the annual Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope event.
The goal is to increase awareness of the effects suicide has on our nation and state, and to remember those who have been lost to suicide.
This year, Silver Springs hosts its first annual community walk at the Silver Stage Middle School Track at 3800 Spruce Avenue. Registration begins at 9:30 am. People can also register online at https://nvsuicideprevention.org/event/12th-annual-walk-in-memory-walk-for-hope/
Keynote speaker Peggy Edwards will describe some of the region’s many suicide prevention resources that can help instill hope and promote healing. Peggy has a close connection with the community of Silver Springs due to her many years with Central Lyon Youth Connections and Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties. Through those nonprofits, Peggy was key to bringing training such as Signs of Suicide to schools throughout the region.
Healthy Communities’ Lisa Godenick will lead a brief Mindfulness exercise before the Walk.
The school system is welcoming the event in part through the planting of a “tree of hope”, donated by Healthy Communities. Students from the Middle School got involved by digging a hole to plant their new tree.
Participants will find helpful brochures about local resources, t-shirts, bags, and refreshments at the Walk as well.
Sponsorship: Those who register for the special event are joining a nationwide community of thousands of people who are participating in the Walk. In Nevada, the event is sponsored by the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) and supported by the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention, along with many community partners. Walk donations will be used to help fund various NCSP programs in communities throughout the state.
Partners: In Silver Springs, Healthy Communities Coalition is one of the community partners helping to organize a walk. Organizer Patty Sanborn, Healthy Communities’ school-based Resource Coordinator in the Silver Springs area, encourages 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.”
Contact Patty Sanborn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about the Silver Springs’ Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope.