(9-4-18) Margie Griesdorn of Area Suicide Support and Resources (ASSURE) spoke to the Celina Kiwanis at their August 29th meeting. ASSURE’s mission is to “bring awareness of suicide prevention practices throughout Mercer County and the surrounding area through community outreach programs.” For two years prior to the formation of ASSURE, the local group partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for their “Out of Darkness” walk. Wanting to have more control over how funds are distributed locally, they formed ASSURE.
Like the AFSP, the local organization provides both emotional and financial support for those thinking about suicide, survivors of suicide attempts, and suicide loss survivors. The group will continue to support AFSP as well as access resources available through the national organization.
In the future ASSURE hopes to present programs in area schools. Griesdorn said an excellent speaker on the subject is Kevin Hines, who tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He wrote the memoir, Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, about his experience. ASSURE has scheduled its first event for September 8, 2018.
The Mercer County Suicide Prevention Walk will be held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The walk program begins at 9:00 and continues until noon. For more information about ASSURE or to make a donation to the group, go to assuremc.org.
During the business meeting, President Irmscher spoke briefly about the upcoming Reindog Breakfast and Parade. Members also discussed a possible date for the Winter Warmth Day coat drive the club runs for Our Home. The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon every Wednesday at C.J.’s Highmarks.