“CommUNITY Event” Aims To Bring Awareness To High Suicide Rates

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This weekend, the city park in Tea will be one of several sites across town bringing hope and awareness to those thinking of harming themselves.

Among the participant’s of Saturday’s walk is Angela Drake. Two years ago, she lost her daughter, Brittany Corcoran, to suicide. 

“It’s the most heart wrenching thing that any parent would ever have to go through. I use the big voice that I’m left with here to keep telling our story and keep working on more prevention, more awareness so other families don’t have to go through this,” Drake said. 

“We just thought that we could do our small part to bring awareness to it and let people in the community know that we can come together and that there’s support out there for them,” Troy Johnson with Fitness First said.

Troy Johnson is co-owner and manager of Fitness First in Tea, which is putting on the second annual suicide “CommUNITY Event”.

“Our community of Tea has been affected in the last couple years by a couple young people suicides,” Johnson said.

Both Johnson and Drake hope the event will make people more willing to talk about mental health.

“We got to get the awareness out there. It’s the only way we can hopefully bring the rates down and in the long term prevent someone from taking their life,” Johnson said.

“That’s the number one thing that we can do is just provide our friends and our family members and our children with a community that’s smart about mental health,” Drake said.

There will also be a suicide prevention walk in Yankton Saturday.

Click here for more information of the walk in Tea, and here for the walk in Yankton.

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