Every day, 86 Americans commit suicide. Though the numbers are staggering and many lives are affected by suicide, many find it to be a taboo topic. On Tuesday, the Centre County Board of Commissioners paired with members of the Jana Marie Foundation to declare Sept. 10 Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day in the county. The day of awareness will hopefully shed light on the many facets of a very tragic issue.
Penn State Active Minds and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will join with the Jana Marie Foundation to make Sept. 10 a night of “hope, healing, and remembrance,” at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, according to the Lock Haven Express. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include presentations by artists Mel Forkner Lesher, Pam Monk, and Zack Maser.
The Nature Center will also exhibit local artists’ work during the event. According to the Jana Marie Foundation website, “Jana always saw creative expression as a powerful means to overcome depression and personal challenges.”
The evening will end at 8 p.m. with a Candle Lighting Ceremony, with attendees sharing a moment of silence in remembrance of lost loved ones.
On Aug. 24, the Penn State community was shaken when student Jack Crean was found dead at the HUB construction site. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers reported on Tuesday that the death was a suicide.
“A mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, relative, neighbor, brother, friend—we all know someone who has been touched by depression or suicide,” the Jana Marie Foundation explained, “please join us in our efforts to educate, prevent, heal, and remember.”