The non-profit Break the Silence was based by area people member Kelly Paris. Its mission is to boost consciousness for suicide prevention and psychological well being by group music occasions.
Paris created Break the Silence in 2017 again when she additionally had an occasion planning enterprise referred to as Music for Life. Break the Silence began as a competition that she was capable of plan by her different firm and its connections. The competition garnered such an amazing response from the group that Paris determined to broaden in September of 2019 and file a 501(c)3 to create the non-profit that exists as we speak.
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Paris defined that ranges of suicide have been already extraordinarily excessive within the county and plenty of extra folks started to undergo. Paris immediately started pondering of extra methods for a way she may attain out and assist folks throughout this time.
“I used to be praying for an indication that I used to be on the best path. Then I received in my automobile and was furloughed the identical day,” stated Paris. “I took that as an indication to take Break the Silence to the subsequent stage and I gathered my board to debate making a free drop-in psychological well being middle for the group.”
Paris and her board members started the applying course of for a capital grant to make her dream a actuality.
With the creation of a group middle, Break the Silence plans to supply entry to look help teams, extra sources, packages and they’re additionally trying to get into faculty assemblies to speak about bullying and suicide consciousness.
The non-profit began the grant course of and discovered that they’d two weeks to boost $45,000. They ended up elevating $57,500 and are persevering with to see donations come by.
“Nearly all of our donations got here instantly from Morgan County companies and the Morgan County group,” Paris stated. “This implies the whole lot to me. To know that I’ve the group help and this community, that is why I began doing this. To make an impression in folks’s lives was my dream in 2016 and to have the help to achieve our aim simply proves that we’re on the best path for this group.”
The middle has not been constructed but however can be positioned at 612 East Railroad Ave. in Fort Morgan. Within the meantime, Break the Silence is already conducting and organizing packages for suicide prevention and psychological well being consciousness.
The pandemic additionally offered a novel problem for the non-profit as they normally host their annual music competition in September. That they had filed their software and got the go-ahead in January 2020 however only some months later they’d have that upended.
“I used to be calling the well being division a number of occasions every week to attempt to get the competition to nonetheless occur. Then three weeks out from the occasion we received the go-ahead,” stated Paris. “We had a full social distancing plan and town council voted unanimously for the occasion to happen. We have been capable of have 24 distributors, 5 bands and folks from throughout got here out to point out their help. Though it took fairly a bit of additional work it was effectively value it.”
On the coronary heart of Break the Silence is the need to assist the group and to boost consciousness.
“For me it’s a type of issues the place I simply really feel blessed to have the ability to assist folks,” stated Paris. “Individuals know we’re right here now and are reaching out to both assist or use us as a useful resource. Individuals belief Break the Silence.”
“We need to broaden and be in all places. To have the ability to assist as many individuals throughout. However, after all, we’re devoted to Fort Morgan,” Paris stated. “That is my hometown and there’s no different place I really feel extra at dwelling and I simply love this group a lot. It warms my coronary heart that I’m able to do that right here.”
Break the Silence is already within the means of working to host this yr’s fifth annual Break the Silence Suicide Consciousness Competition on Sept. 4, 2021 in Fort Morgan. They may even be internet hosting the primary annual Break the Silence Suicide Consciousness Competition on Could 22, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.