Parabobsled medalist to speak at ‘Walk in Memory’
Gardnerville resident and Para-bobsled medalist, Steven Jacobo is expected to speak at the Suicide Prevention Network’s 11th annual Walk and Ride set for Sept. 9 at Heritage Park.
“I feel like his story is something many can relate to,” said Debbie Posnien, Suicide Prevention Network Executive director.
Jacobo, 26, became paralyzed after a 2013 skiing accident that resulted in severe T9 and T10 vertebrae spinal cord damage.
“You see someone in a wheelchair and you automatically think, they must have suicidal thoughts. That was never the case for me,” said Jacobo. “Life is tough, and you are going to get knocked down,but you have to get back up and keep moving forward. If you want things to get better then you have to make them better. Things don’t just happen,you have to want it.”
Posnien said kids and teens will be most inspired by Jacobo’s story.
“It’s really the kids we want to hit home with and I think his story is very inspirational and relatable,” said Posnien.
The walk serves as not only a way of connecting those in the community with others who have been affected by suicide, but also as an outlet for raising awareness.
“The walk is a way to bring awareness, so people know what suicide is and can identify the warning signs and know what to do or say to a loved one,” said Posnien.
The Suicide Prevention Network is a non-profit agency located in Douglas County, that provides the resources to receive help, hope, comfort, understanding and support in a confidential environment.
Suicide rates remain too high for Douglas County, said Posnien.
Nevada ranks number one in the nation for suicides. Suicide is among the leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds and is, at the current time, the second leading cause of death among 25 to 34 year olds, according to Suicide Prevention Network’s website.
“I wish I knew why people want to end their lives, but we truly believe that suicide is preventable and if people reach out to us, we can help,” said Posnien.
Suicide Prevention Network offers suicide loss support groups every first Thursday of the month 6-7:30 p.m. A teen support group is offered the first and third Wednesday of the month 2:30-3:30 p.m. All groups are free of charge.
The walk begins at 9 a.m. with a breakfast for hope and registration beginning at 8 a.m. Justeen Beal is also expected to speak on Post Traumatic Stress and the affects war or a traumatic experience can have on a person and family.
Registration for the walk for adults is a $20 suggested donation, which includes a T-shirt.
Suicide Prevention Network is located at 1625 State Route 88, Suite 203, Minden. For more information or to register for the walk visit http://www.nvsuicideprevention.org or call 783-1510.
Jacobo’s journey can be followed on Facebook at Steven Jacobo, Instagram at Life_Keeps_Rollin and on YouTube at Steven Jacobo Vlogs or email firstname.lastname@example.org.