by Jenni Stokes

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August 28, 2012
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Teenagers seek support for Walk in Memory

As a fellow member of Living Out Loud, I was so excited to see Aryana Petrosky's "Letter to the Editor" Aug. 17 in the paper. I work closely with Ary on all of our projects we do in Living Out Loud, and she and I, along with other members of Living Out Loud, have grown and learned so much from our experiences working in this group. Aryana wrote about our upcoming Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope on Sept. 15, and this is one of our biggest events to start out the year. We, as teens in our Carson Valley community, ask for your support with this Walk. As Ary said in her letter, the number of suicides completed in Douglas County alone in the past four years is 68, three this year alone. As a community, we ask that you walk with us to show support and bring awareness to the number of suicides. You, by walking can make a difference in someone else's life. In numbers, we are strong. Let's show the people in our community that we are one and we want the high rate of suicide to end; let's end suicide in our Valley, together.

Walk in memory Walk for Hope, at the Carson Valley Museum, is open to anyone, the registration fee is $20, which includes a T-shirt and a tote bag. The "Breakfast for Hope" is for anyone before the walk from 8-9 a.m., if you can't support us during the walk, come eat breakfast with us, and meet other people in our Carson Valley community. Meet the people who come to support Suicide Prevention Network by helping us raise funds so that Living Out Loud and many other programs continue in the valley. I speak to many of my friends that have gotten support from these groups and because of that I want to not only have this walk supported but I want to be able to continue this group.

Donations are also being taken for memory signs to be dedicated to those we have lost to suicide. If you know of someone who you would like to remember, a sign can be made in their memory. These dedicated signs will be displayed on the museum lawn before and after the walk.

My group, Living Out Loud and the Suicide Prevention Network would love if you invited us to speak and do a program/training at your work office, school, community group, conventions, etc.

We love speaking to people in the community and we are open to coming and speaking with you and your group about suicide and what you can do to help stop this epidemic of suicides in our community.

Please contact our director, Debbie Posnien of the Suicide Prevention Network, at 783-1510 or more information and to request us to come speak and do a workshop with you.

Please help support us. We need you to walk with us and show our community members that we do care and we do remember, and we will end the suicide in Douglas County. If you need more information about this walk or how you can make a difference in the community you live in, call 783-1510. Thank you for your time, support and concern for my friends and yours too. Together we are strong.

Jenni Stokes is president of Living Out Loud.

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