What Living Works Community Walk for Suicide Prevention has accomplished

Our mission is to embrace affirmation of life in the community by creating awareness and prevention of suicide through enlightenment, education and information.

The idea for the Living Works Suicide Walk came from a group of citizens from Princeton, IL and surrounding communities concerned with how to prevent suicide by raising money to educate the community on suicide prevention. The response has overwhelming; the community gathers to remember family and friends lost to suicide, to support those who are grieving, and to show that together, we really can make a difference. (See our 2012 video here.)

What we have accomplished thus far:

2015:
—June 6, 2015 featured Kayla Bailey with a strong message of inspiration.

2014:
—June 7, 2014, Keith O'Neil, former NFL football player tells his story
—March, 2014, TWLOHA Donation, ISU, Normal

2013:
—October, 2013, TWLOHA Donation to suicide prevention program, ISU, Normal
—November, 2013, Park Bench donated @ Zearing. Includes LW logo and suicide hotline.
—November, 2013, SuicideTALK*, Ohio High School, Ohio, IL

2012:
—February 13, ASIST* refresher, Sterling High School
—February 8, safeTALK*, Sterling High School
—Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program from Hazeldon, DVD lending library program available on loan to schools, churches and youth groups (contact us for more info)
—October 24, Jordan Burnham Presentation from Active Minds, IVCC Gymnasium, Oglesby
—November 3, Hope 4 Life partnership, Pitstick Pavilion, Ottawa

2011:
—Grief Support, Third Thursday ea. month (since discontinued)
—February 21 & 22, ASIST* Training, Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton
—May 12, suicideTALK*, Christ Community Church, Princeton
—September 25, Out of the Darkness Walk donation, LaSalle-Peru
—Donation to CPASA
—October 24 & 25, ASIST* Training, Ottawa Regional Hospital, Ottawa
—November, Donation for Operation Snow Ball scholarships for Snow Ball Weekend

2010:
—Grief Support, Third Thursday ea. month (since discontinued)
—July 12 & 13, ASIST* Training, Sterling
—November 20, "Love Me Anyway" Sidewalk Prophets Band concert, Bureau Valley High School, 20 ticket donations
—ASIST* T4T (ASIST* "Train the Trainer" certification training): Sent two candidates to 5-day training, failed to meet all qualifications for certification.

*For more information about ASIST, suicideTALK and safeTALK trainings, see our sidebar here or at the official LivingWorks®.