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‘You matter’

Local group ‘Stand(s) Up for Suicide Awareness’

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Participants in the second annual Stand Up for Suicide Awareness photo were Jada DeLoof, John Bowler, Deanne Champagne, Marlene Byler, Tom Skelton, Cameron Skelton, Gary Lester, the Rev. Dorothy Hilliard, Margie Angevine, Alex Watkins, Melinda Watkins, Abby Wenzel, Kari Swanson, Brooke Siliano, Joe McClellan, Kayla Cochran, Jeni Swart, Jen Forquer, Lisa To, Laura Whitten, Lacey Hanson, Kim Corey, Chloe Meddaugh, Jaime Housler, Timber Housler, Jenna Dunning, Isabella Bennett, Sophie Hawkins, and Jesse DeLoof.

Sometimes, all it takes is someone who will listen… someone who cares.

On Thursday, a group of people who care stood for the second annual Stand Up for Suicide Awareness community photo at Soldiers and Sailors Park, spearheaded by Family Services of Warren County.

They want people who have thoughts of suicide to know they are “willing to stand up for your life.”

Signs read You Matter; Stand Up for Suicide Prevention; Speak Up, and; Life is Beautiful.

“September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,” Family Services Interim Executive Director Jada DeLoof said.

The photo is part of Family Services Suicide Prevention Awareness Spirit Week — Sept. 3 through 10.

In addition to Family Services’ events, DeLoof announced a suicide prevention awareness walk sponsored by CORE — Choosing Openness Regarding Experiences — will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at War Memorial Field.

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