We would like to invite the Crookston and surrounding communities to join us for the e-Race Stigma Community Walk on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
The event will kick off at the Crookston High School at 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to provide a space for connection, community healing, and spreading awareness and resources about suicide prevention.
“Our community is hurting. We can see it in our students. And we all want to do something, but we don’t know where to start. This event is meant to bring people together for healing,” said Nicki Martinez, Principal at Crookston High School. “We want to send the message that no one is alone and suicide is not the answer.”
Several groups have partnered to organize this event, including Polk County Social Services, Crookston Public Schools, the H.O.P.E. Coalition, and the University of Minnesota Crookston. Many other local agencies plan to attend and provide resources on the day of the event.
“Working towards the goal of zero suicide isn’t something that will be accomplished by one person or one organization. It is going to take all of us,” said Victoria Ramirez, Disability Services Division Supervisor at Polk County Social Services.
“We have such strong community partnerships in Crookston. We’re working together to make sure everyone knows how to get help. The more we talk about it, the more we open the door for people to feel comfortable asking for help when they need it.”