Walk raises awareness of suicide prevention

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Sept. 9, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2017 at 3 a.m.

Crossroads residents can bring awareness to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday at an event in Cuero.

The Never Lose Hope Walk will take place 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday at the Cuero Park Pavilion.

The walk's goal is to raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention and to increase community resources for those affected.

The walk is organized by Stacey Ressman's family, who lost their 57-year-old sister, Shirley Saenz, to suicide.

Their organization is called Never Lose Hope.

"We want people to know that they are not alone," said Ressman, 45, event organizer. "We want them to know there is a support system out there for them."

This is the walk's second year. Ressman said people from Corpus Christi, Shiner, Hallettsville and Port O'Connor attended last year's event.

"This is not just a local event," she said.

Attendees can register at no cost; however, donations will be accepted. The first 100 people to register will receive a free bag.

Shirts and goodies will be sold at the event.

All the proceeds will go toward helping to fund depression and suicide awareness programs.

Ressman said attendees who have an issue with walking because of age or health conditions do not have to walk.

The event will have a place for them to socialize with other people, she said.

The walk is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., and the event will conclude with a balloon release at 7 p.m.

"It's about getting people together to build a community who can offer support and help with finding other resources," Ressman said.



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