Centegra to join others 
in suicide remembrance

WOODSTOCK – Centegra Health System, through the McHenry County Crisis Program, will join several area community agencies for a remembrance program in response to the increase in suicides in the area.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Woodstock Square.

Centegra, the McHenry County Suicide Task Force, McHenry County Crisis Program, Survivors of Suicide victims grief support group and additional community providers, will present a program, musical performances and a candle-lighting ceremony during the event.

According to the McHenry County Coroner, there were 29 reported suicides in the county in 2011, three of whom were young adults between the ages of 20 and 25. This year, with weeks still to go, has seen an increase in the number of suicides by young adults.

“These suicides have had a devastating effect on the family members and loved ones of those who took their lives as well as the community at large,” said Despina McBride, clinical supervisor of the McHenry County Crisis Program, in a news release. “Suicide’s most powerful ally is silence, so the task force is looking for voices to speak up for those whose voices have been silenced.”

Those whose lives have been touched by suicide are invited to be part of the conversation and the healing.

The suicide task force consists of McHenry County community providers and survivors of suicide who came together after suicide rates rose in 2010. The mission of the task force is to increase awareness and community education on risk factors, warning signs and ways to intervene when someone is suicidal.

The McHenry County Crisis Line, a program funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board, may be reached by calling 800-892-8900.

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