|Heartbeat Monroe plans suicide awareness walk|
Annual walk this Sunday at Kiroli Park
Heartbeat Monroe, a suicide support, education and awareness group will hold its 5th annual walk Sunday, Oct. 16 in Kiroli Park, West Monroe. Registration begins at 1 p.m. followed by a 1.5K walk and a balloon launch.
In addition there will be a bounce house and face painting for the children, snacks, T-shirts, music and doggie treats.
The purpose of Heartbeat Monroe is to help survivors absorb the impact of a self-inflicted death and support each other toward a healthy resolution of grief. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3606 Bon Aire Drive, Monroe, LA from 6:30-8 p.m. In addition to meetings, the non-profit organization provides booklets and direct assistance to survivors. Community action includes workshops to schools and businesses and talks to church and civic groups. The local group is affiliated with the American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network, and the National Heartbeat Organization.
There is no registration fee, but the non-profit operates on donations derived from the walk. Friends and families can walk as a team for a loved one lost to suicide. Non-survivors are encouraged to walk for suicide education and awareness. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
For more information, go to www.heartbeatmonroe.org or call 345-0785 or 322-3024.