Walk/Run Aims To Break The Silence Around Suicide

Sheldon, Iowa — An awareness walk is coming up on Saturday, September 15th in Sheldon, and the organizers want to help erase the stigma that families of suicide victims face, break the silence, and prevent suicide in northwest Iowa.

Maria Schwartz of Primghar is one of the organizers of Saturday’s second annual walk and run, and she tells us about it.

Since this is the second annual event, Schwartz tells us how it went last year.

She tells us that last year there was some weather uncertainty. But they have the Sheldon Middle School Gym available, should that become an issue this year. But at last check it was supposed to be warm and sunny on Saturday, so that shouldn’t even be an issue.

Registration is $15 per person if you come on Saturday. Cost for registration before August 31st was more, but that included a t-shirt, which is no longer available if you didn’t register by the deadline. Proceeds from the event will go to Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

This year, they’ll have a special opportunity, says Schwartz.

She tells that her family and the families of others on the committee have been affected by depression and suicide, so they decided to do this event. We asked her if she had any advice if someone’s family is affected by depression or suicide.

Again, the event is at the Sheldon High School Track, this Saturday, September 15th. Registration starts at the Sheldon Middle School at 2:30 p.m.

Schwartz says for more information, you can call her at 712-261-0868.

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