The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is hosting an event this weekend to promote suicide awareness and prevention.
The “You Matter. L;ve” Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Old Town Kenai.
The community is invited to come together to support those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, and those who have experienced loss due to suicide.
Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. According to data from the Department of Health and Social Services released earlier this year, 1,103 people died by suicide in the state between 2012 and 2017.
Saturday’s event will include a memorial table, an honor bracelet project, speakers, information resources and giveaways. The first 200 participants will receive a free T-shirt.
The event is open to the community and there is no cost to attend. For more information or to preregister, contact the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Behavioral Health Support Services Supervisor Kerri Roe at 907-335-7321 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants can also register at the event.
Questions about suicide prevention and mental health may be directed to Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Behavioral Health Director Patricia Kelleher at 907-335-7313 or email@example.com.