TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As suicide awareness month comes to an end, members of Mental Health America of West Central Indiana and other citizens honored the lives of those who have died by suicide with a Thursday evening memorial at Terre Haute City Hall.
The organization partnered up with the Lost and Found Coalition for the second annual Kindness Rock event.
Community members and local mental health advocates listened to the stories of local survivors.
“We want the community to understand that (suicide) is in this community too,” Jessica Brown, director of development for Mental Health America of West Central Indiana, said. “We can all come together and help change lives and prevent suicide in the Wabash Valley and take care of each other.”
The group laid out 800 painted rocks with inspirational messages like “You matter” and “You are important.”
More than 500 pairs of shoes were also on display to represent the lives of those who’ve died by suicide in Indiana.
Those with the group say they just want to raise awareness and potentially save a life.
“As a person that suffered myself and seeked help and got help and then wanted to further my education, so I found a field that I can work in it,” Brown said. “I’m just excited to put some of the things that I’ve learned to use and help save a life.”