Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

September 18, 2013

Thanks for help with community walk

— — The committee for the Mercer County Out of the Darkness Walk would like to thank the media, WVVA and the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Bluefield Police Department, the Bluefield Rescue Squad, the Bluefield City Park, Dwight Godwin and staff, Tommy Lester, Brittany Linkous Photography, the Bluefield Union Mission, the volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, AT&T, King’s Tire Service, Starbucks Coffee, Frye Roofing, Inc., the Behavioral Health Pavilon, Princeton Community Hospital, Wallace Wiring, LLC, the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide, 102.9 KissFM and all the businesses that donated prizes for the Fourth Annual Mercer County Out of the Darkness Community Walk, but especially to the walkers and those who donated time and money in memory of loved ones.

It is our hope that the Out of the Darkness Community Walks will get people talking about anxiety, depression, bullying, PTSD and other related mental health issues and bring them out in the open. Suicide is preventable and the only way to find solutions is to speak openly about the problem. Let’s remove the mask and stigma associated with suicide and be willing to ask for help and share our burdens. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help, but rather a sign of strength. Need help? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Thanks again to everyone who helped with this event.

Heather Bennett, Jessica LeBrun, Paige Frye, Sarah Sult, Laura King, Marie Blackwell

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