Walk and Talk at Vets’ Home for Suicide Prevention Awareness
United Counseling Service (UCS) and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) lead a charge to spread awareness of suicide prevention at a Walk and Talk for Suicide Prevention Awareness starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the Vermont Veteran’s Home pavilion at 325 North Street in Bennington.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. “Suicide is a risk for so many, especially veterans and teens,” said Alya Reeve, MD, medical director for UCS. “We want to bring the topic out into the open and spread the message that help is here.”
The event will kick off with resources, refreshments and brief remarks. Participate in all or a portion of the two-mile walk, which will go across the Veteran’s Home campus, to Park Street, then County Street, then North Branch before returning via a nature trail that follows the Roaring Branch/Walloomsac Brook. The aim is to show support to those who are struggling, share the signs of someone considering suicide, and provide information on what to do. “The route encircles the Veteran’s Home and the Mount Anthony Union High School,” Reeve said. “We hope our message of help and hope reach the veterans, students and the entire community. You are not alone.”
Participating organizations also include the Alliance for Community Transformations, Bennington’s Police Department, Rescue Squad and Sheriff’s Department, and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center. No registration is necessary, and free refreshments will be served. Support is through Charlie’s Fund and the Gregory S. Hillman Fund, both of UCS. Learn more at ucsvt.org or svhealthcare.org.