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Shine a Light

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, and in remembrance of those who have passed away from suicide, support their loved ones, and bring awareness to the cause, West Texas Counseling & Guidance for the sixth year held its Shine a Light event at the San Angelo Visitor Center. 

 

The event included an inspiring message of hope from David Woods Bartley, a walk along the Concho River behind the Visitor Center to view lit luminaries with the names of those lost to suicide, as well as a reading of the names, and music from Daycee Oswalt. 


 

According to WTCG's website, "So far this year, Tom Green County has had 10 suicide losses. While we have seen our total number of losses per year decrease since we started the Zero Suicide initiative in 2019, research shows that the number of crisis clients and suicides will increase with the uncertainty of the pandemic. We believe we are unfortunately seeing this happen now, as there have been 8 losses since May 10, 2021. Our goal is 'not one more' loss to suicide..."


 

WTCG's efforts to address Tom Green County's mental health crisis are ongoing. If you'd like to donate to its suicide prevention programs or help those who have suffered a loss, you may do so here. All donations are tax-deductible. 


 

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are a survivor of suicide and are interested in joining SOS (Survivors of Suicide) support group or would like to be a part of the LOSS Team, which helps suicide survivors, you can find more info here. WTCG also offers the Zero Suicide Prevention program, the goal of which is to provide immediate access to counseling for those in crisis. 

If you were unable to attend this year's Shine a Light, the event will again be held in September 2022. 


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