KENT, Ohio — At a younger age, Julia Hallgren skilled important loss.
“After I was a sophomore in highschool I misplaced a buddy as a result of despair.” Hallgren stated. “They had been 15-years-old and I used to be additionally 15 on the time.”
Hallgren had simply moved to northeast Ohio from Nashville, Tennessee.
She was simply days into her sophomore yr at Stow-Munroe Falls Excessive College when she realized that her lifelong buddy dedicated suicide.
“I felt actually alone being up right here,” Hallgren defined. “Not feeling like I might have anybody who might relate to me.”
To assist cope along with her loss, Hallgren obtained concerned with the American Basis for Suicide Prevention.
“I simply actually felt related with others who’ve handled the identical factor,” Hallgren stated.
Now, at simply 18-years-old Hallgren is on observe to be the president of the junior board of the American Basis for Suicide Prevention.
“I feel simply spreading an excellent message and getting concerned in your group is the smallest solution to begin a big effect,” she stated.
On Sunday, Hallgren hosted a “chalk and stroll” occasion in downtown Kent the place members of the group had been invited out to chalk inspirational messages onto the cities sidewalks.
Hallgren stated the purpose was to advertise psychological well being consciousness and suicide prevention.
“Quite a lot of inspirational messages and actually constructive stuff is being put round city,” Hallgren defined. “I feel it’s actually lovely to see.”
Together with the constructive notes, psychological well being assets like www.afsp.org and the telephone variety of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, had been plastered everywhere in the sidewalks.
“I feel it’s necessary as a result of we don’t know what’s taking place in folks’s lives,” Hallgren stated. “Identical to if we’re at work or faculty, they go dwelling and so they cope with stuff that we don’t find out about.”
Hallgren hopes that these messages is not going to solely elevate consciousness, however she hopes that they assist brighten the day of anybody who reads them.
“Simply giving somebody just a little piece of hope is de facto necessary,” she stated. “It doesn’t matter how small it’s; it’s simply the message that issues.”
The teenager plans to make the chalk and stroll an annual occasion.