In response to recent tragedies involving children in our community, a group of residents met to discuss issues facing our children. From that meeting, a smaller group was created to formulate a response to the growing problem of teen suicide.
“The “Together We Belong; You Are Not Alone” committee is comprised of several students, school personnel, law enforcement, judicial, JPO, mental health providers, and other community partners. It is meant to be a community-wide approach to the challenges that exist in our community, which of course then manifest themselves in schools and elsewhere. As you know, there have been multiple traumas in the community since this committee was formed including multiple deaths of parents of our students. These incidents are incredibly difficult for so many and I personally am deeply grateful for the community-wide response. Like the name of the committee says, together we do actually belong. It takes all of us.” Said Adam Young, White Pine School District Superintendent.
This group added two high school students as members and met every Monday afternoon for six weeks. Through the efforts of this group and many other people, the “Light Up the Darkness” Community Hope Walk was held on October 18, 2023. Nearly 500 adults, families and students participated. The walk was held at Veterans Park. Food trucks, music and messages of hope made this a fun filled up-lifting evening. T-shirts and information regarding suicide prevention were provided.
Donations from Mt. Wheeler Power, KGHM Robinson Mine and many volunteer hours made this event a great success.
The group plans to make the walk an annual event in the fall and to continue spreading hope and awareness about teen suicide.
Besides the Walk for Hope, the committee is also working on a mural project that will feature art created by young people inviting kindness, courage, compassion, and unity. The student leaders are also working with their counselors and admin to further reinforce this message among young people inside and outside of school. But it definitely begins with us as adults.
For more information to volunteer, please contact Adam Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.