ESCANABA - The Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force will have a booth at the 2012 Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba.
The Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force's booth will be located in the Ruth Butler building during the week-long fair. Free materials will be available to the public on a variety of depression-related topics and suicide prevention. There will be a new Lifekeeper Memory Quilt on display, which serves as a visual reminder of loved ones who have died by suicide.
Also at the booth, the public can register for End the Silence, a Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Walk. The Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Ludington Park Pavilion in Escanaba.
Registration fees are: $25 per person, $10 per child up to 16 years old and $50 per family of 4 ($10 for each additional person). Group rates are available. Registration fees are waived with pledges of $50 or more; collection of pledges optional. Pre-registration will secure a requested t-shirt size. T-shirts will be given with paid registration.
Further information about the Walk is at www.endthesilencewalk.com. End the Silence Walk is being held in remembrance of Bobby and Josh Bintner, two brothers, from Delta County, who completed suicide 13 years apart. Both brothers battled secretly with depression and felt that they had no other option, but to end their lives.
The booth will be staffed by members of the Task Force, End The Silence Walk committee, the Delta County Survivors of Suicide Group, and community members.
The Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force formed in 2006 in response to a plan on the state level to address the social problem of suicide and initiate prevention activities. People of all ages suffer in silence with depression or other mental illnesses.
According to the most recent information from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2007; 1,131 deaths were reported by suicide in the state of Michigan. Nationally, a person loses their life to suicide every 15.8 minutes.
The Taskforce's most recent community accomplishments includes speaking to 2,500 students in local schools concerning suicide awareness and prevention and educating approximately 85 Delta County teachers at about how to handle a suicide student.