Cadillac News By Antonio Coleman:
A trail of white balloons could be seen soaring high above Cadillac Saturday, bearing the written names of loved ones whose lives were impacted by suicide.
The balloon-filled sky marked the finale of an event meant to raise community awareness of the issue of suicide.
Walkers gathered near the downtown city park at 10 a.m. for the annual Suicide Awareness Walk.
Beginning at the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, walkers journeyed to the bridge to tie ribbons bearing the names of family members and release dozens of balloons.
September is suicide prevention month.
Leilani Kitler, coordination for the Suicide Prevention Coalition, said suicide has impacted too many people in Wexford County.
“I think there are things that we can do to prevent it and to make people aware that they have power in their words to help other people who have pain and distress,” Kitler said.
Kitler said one of the biggest misconceptions people have regarding suicide prevention is the belief that it’s healthier to avoid discussing issues that may cause depression. However, she said the more a person is willing to acknowledge their feelings, the better their chances for resolving their depression.
“Finding someone to talk to is the best resource for intervention,” Kitler said. “Have a relationship with a trusting and caring person who respects your feelings. That might mean finding a friend, a family member or a professional.”
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