RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sept. 6 – 12 is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. On Thursday, Baptist Health Richmond will host the 2nd Annual Chalk the Walk to raise awareness for those who may be battling a mental health condition.
Baptist Health Richmond officials kicked off the event with a video on its’ Facebook page to promote the safety and health of the community, due to the safety recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s a community art project intended to bring awareness, advocacy and spark conversation around mental health and wellness,” said Katelyn Arvin, LPCC, Baptist Health Richmond Behavioral Health Clinical Manager. “It’s important that we acknowledge that you matter and you are loved.”
Chalk will be available at the Baptist Health Richmond Security checkpoint from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Community partners are invited to drive through to pick up chalk to use at their local businesses and organizations to help us spread messages of hope and encouragement.
“Suicide awareness and prevention is about creating space for hope. We want individuals in our community to know they are never completely alone. Every human being matters and by coming together as a community, I hope we can create a culture of empowerment and hope,” said Arvin. “No one should have to struggle in silence. Chalk the Walk is a visual representation of a community coming together to support one another. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, not weakness!”
For more information about Chalk the Walk, call 859-625-3675. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, Baptist Health Richmond’s helpline is available to answer questions 24/7 by phone at 800-395-4435.
Morehead State University Military Initiatives is hosting an event Thursday as well. That walk will take place at 6:30 p.m. on campus.
Instead of walking for awareness, you can also take part in a traditional observance by lighting a candle near a window at 8 p.m.