“Life Matters” organizes a “Suicide Prevention” community rally in Bastrop | KTVE

BASTROP, La. (KTVE/KARD) – During Mental Health Awareness Month, the group “Life Matters” held a community suicide prevention rally in hopes of educating families about the issue.

Arthur Ray Miller recently lost his daughter to suicide, now he says his mission is to raise awareness

“I mean, my little girl left and it was by her choice. So I have to do something to make sure that other people, you know, have good connections to open the door to conversations like this. which have taken place.

Danielle Lorings, professional counselor and behavior interventionist, says it’s important to identify the signs of mental health.

“Parents and students need to be aware of what is going on and what it looks like. Know the signs, isolation, non-activity, calm, withdrawal.

Meanwhile, organizers of this rally say this event with the Bastrop community was crucial in this unstable time.

“There were lives there going through different things, so we wanted to be able to reach out and bring them together,” said one of the event coordinators, Kim Watson.

“It was long overdue, so with so much happening recently, it became an emergency,” explained event coordinator Paula Jones.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)