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Stark County, OH (August 29, 2019) – September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and a time to join, remember, honor, and support those who have been impacted by suicide. On Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host A Walk for Suicide Awareness at The Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park – 3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton. The event will be held rain or shine – no registration is needed and there is no cost.

This 1-mile walk is open to anyone wishing to increase awareness around suicide in our community. Walkers could be supporting someone who lost someone by suicide, a survivor of a suicide attempt, those who work in the field of suicide prevention, or anyone experiencing any other connection to suicide. All attendees will receive a suicide awareness pin, as well as a special candle to use on Sept. 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. On that day, people worldwide are encouraged to wear purple by day and light a candle in a window at night.

The Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition is a partnership of representatives from more than 20 local community organizations working together to save lives. Active members currently include representatives from community advocacy, behavioral health organizations, survivors of suicide loss, social service organizations, human service agencies, government organizations, medical facilities, and educational institutions. Organizations and individuals interested in joining can attend any upcoming meeting, which are held at Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, 121 Cleveland Ave. SW in Canton. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m.

About Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of approximately 50 boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio. StarkMHAR also advocates for residents with behavioral health issues at both the local and state levels and provides educational opportunities for local providers and other community stakeholders. For more online about the work of StarkMHAR, visit