Coulee Region raising awareness about suicide prevention


ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) – September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a subject that hits near dwelling for a lot of residents of the Coulee Area.

Sarah Meza suffered an sudden loss in her household nearly a decade in the past, which lead her to create an occasion to boost consciousness about psychological well being and suicide prevention.

“My uncle was the mini donut man at the entire native festivals, and we misplaced him to suicide about eight years in the past,” Meza stated. “We simply wished to do one thing to carry consciousness to psychological well being.”

Meza is a Racing Director for the Mini Donut Half Marathon & 5K Honor Walk, an annual race that helps elevate funds for psychological well being initiatives locally.

This 12 months’s occasion takes place on Saturday morning in Onalaska and Trempealeau, the place individuals who’ve handled losses from suicide can bond with others which have had related experiences.

“A whole lot of instances folks really feel like they’ll’t discuss it, our occasion offers folks a secure place,” Meza added.

The race additionally helps the neighborhood find out about different preventative assets, together with Great Rivers 2-1-1.

Line Supervisor Amy Kuester says Nice Rivers gives a confidential outlet for anybody who’s going by means of a disaster.

“It may be troublesome for a person to name a good friend or a member of the family, they could really feel like this particular person doesn’t perceive, or I don’t wish to burden this particular person,” Kuester defined. “We wish to be that individual that’s going to have the ability to brazenly hearken to their ideas and emotions.”

Employees members can present callers with details about different neighborhood assets, or just converse with them about their troubles.

“We’re all skilled to speak to people with a non-judgmental, empathetic, affected person ear, and we attempt to guarantee that they’re related to the suitable assets,” Kuester stated.

Kuester is happy with the work being accomplished at Nice Rivers and the influence that it has throughout the Coulee Area.

“It is rather worthwhile to have someone that can inform you that you simply’ve helped me at this time, thanks on your service being there, you’ve saved my life at this time,” Kuester expressed.

Anybody who needs to attach with Nice Rivers can dial 2-1-1 or name (800) 362-8255.

Extra data and assets will be discovered on the Nice Rivers website.

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