Walk in remembrance this week
Suicide affects people all over the country, and Nevada is fifth on the list for highest number of suicides per year.
The National Center for Health Statistics released a report back in April stating that suicide in the United States is at the highest level in 30 years.
In an effort to remember those who took their lives and promote prevention awareness, the Suicide Prevention Network in Minden is holding the 10th annual Remembrance Walk on Saturday.
The three-mile walk will start at Heritage Park down Highway 395 to the C.O.D. Casino before making a loop back.
They have also added new events this year including Andy’s Ride and “Touch a Truck.”
Andy’s Ride is for cyclists who want to participate in the walk, and was created by Ron Sanchez and Tim Rowe to honor a Carson City dentist and their friend, Andy Getas, whom they lost to suicide last December.
“We felt it was a good way to honor his memory,” said Sanchez.
The three friends met when Andy was their dentist, and all bonded over their love of cycling.
The 15-mile ride will start at Heritage Park and go east down Toler Avenue to East Valley before looping back.
They will also be making a stop at Bently Science Park.
“This is the first person I’ve known to complete suicide,” said Rowe. “It was very sad, I just thought, how could I have helped.”
Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention Network, Debbie Posnien said this event is important for understanding and preventing suicide through support, education and advocacy.
“When we learn that someone we love has completed suicide, we question ourselves, what could I have done,” said Posnien.
The ride is a way for Rowe and Sanchez to do the thing that loved in memory of their friend.
“Andy was a great guy, we had so many good times together,” said Sanchez.
They will also offer “Touch a Truck” this year which is an opportunity for the community to meet first responders and explore public safety equipment.
The walks will be concluded with a barbecue at 11 a.m. for $5 per person.
Posnien said there is no average age group for participants, and pre-registration is recommended but they will also allow for same day sign up.
Preregistration helps to ensure they get the right T-shirt size.
It costs $20 to participate and that will include a T-shirt and a goody bag.
The Suicide Prevention Network offers support groups, home visits, teen groups and they answer crisis calls.
Posnien said to call the office if you or someone you know might be considering suicide.
“Suicide has no boundaries,” said Posnien. “It’s shockingly not always the people you think you should check in on.”
Register online at nvsuicideprevention.org or call 783-1510 for more information.