The Graves County ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) Youth Council will be hosting the 3rd annual Glow Walk on Thursday, March 28 at 5.30 pm. The event, which is held on the Graves County Court House lawn, seeks to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The Youth Council, together with the walk’s sponsors, Mercy Health, organize this event is to remember those who have lost their life to suicide, raise awareness, and provide local resources to the community.
According to Kentucky Department of Vital Statistics, the Purchase Area has one of the highest rates of suicide in the state. Many times, suicide, mental health, and substance abuse go hand in hand. Graves County ASAP Youth Council wants to bring awareness to this important topic that is having a devastating effect on our community.
This event is open to the public and there is no registration. Community partners will host tables at the walk and will have many resources on hand. Meet with staff and counselors from Mercy Health Behavioral Unit, Project Diehard, Four Rivers Regional Prevention Center, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Tyler Clark, a Graves County native, will be giving his testimony about how mental health, substance abuse and suicide affected his life. After the testimony, participants will receive glow sticks. and then walk around the square to raise awareness. Glow stick colors are the following: White (lost a child), Red (lost a spouse or partner), Orange (lost a parent), Yellow (lost a sibling), Green (lost a friend), Pink (lost a family member), Blue (personally struggling), and Purple (support the cause).
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or distress, call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) or text “hello” to 741741 the Crisis Text Line.
The Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy
Graves County ASAP has a vision - to free their community from substance abuse. Thy are committed that their mission will help free the community of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) by helping change the culture that approves of and supports ATOD. They work with concerned community partners to educate, treat, and prevent ATOD use. For more information, visit gcasap.org.