CHEYENNE (KGWN) - The Grace for 2 Brothers Foundation gathered with grief-stricken individuals today..in honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
It was an emotional day for the suicide prevention group and the individuals who met them to grieve.
On International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day... Cheyenne's Grace for Two Brothers re-ignites the suicide conversation.
The suicide pandemic knows no boundaries. Jonna Hilzer-Dickie, Program Director at Peak Wellness says, "Suicidal behavior or actions affect everyone of all professions, cultures and all ages."
This is why the foundation gathers to educate and support those affected by suicide. "There is a greater need for families, neighbors and friends to understand what suicidal behavior is."
They also show help to identify warnings signs. Event guest, Melissa Gaer explains what she has learned since the loss of her brother. "Depression is so deep to what each individual goes through. Sometimes we don't realize how deep that is."
And they blast stereotypes along the way.
Grace members share suicide is more than a response to trauma or mental instability. This public health issue is something that needs to focused on.
But the most important role of this organization is that they help people assist their loved ones. But according to Hilzer-Dickie, there is always hope. "We can learn and interact and feel empowered to approach someone who might be thinking of suicide or someone you may be concerned about."
If you know someone who is struggling, you can always contact numerous organizations in the Cheyenne area. The website to the Grace for 2 Brothers Foundation is: http://www.gracefor2brothers.com/ And for information on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, just go to: http://www.sprc.org/states/wyoming
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can also be found at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/