Be the Light Walk Seeks to Remove Stigma, Unite Community… Virtually

The 12th annual Be The Light Walk will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020. As the longest-running suicide prevention event in Northeast Wisconsin, the event aims to erase the stigma associated with mental health and prevent suicide through education, support and awareness. Over 1,400 participants attended in 2019. This year’s virtual event will draw an even bigger online audience with a live stream during the day featuring local Survivors of Suicide stories, local representatives from mental health advocates and prevention experts, and a memorial slideshow to remember those who were lost to suicide.

In the evening, renowned author and speaker, Brandy Lidbeck, will deliver an inspiring keynote message. Participants are encouraged to walk before the live stream begins at 7:00 PM. HOPE signs will be placed around the community if people would like to gather safely. Jay Zollar, General Manager of WLUK-TV will be the emcee for the evening live stream.

Proceeds benefit the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The Coalition membership is diverse blend of 39 partners representing schools, healthcare organizations, behavioral health providers and advocacy groups, government agencies, police and fire departments, veteran-focused groups, local businesses and community members that have banded together to restore hope and save lives through evidence-based, community-focused initiatives.

Since 2008, over 36,000 community members have been trained in the Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention model. In 2019, 791 adults and 3,138 youth were trained in suicide prevention strategies.

Online registration is available through September 7 at bethelightwalk.com. Participants can pick up their registration packet at designated times at the Resch Center on Friday and Saturday.

Interested sponsors can contact Erik Cornelius, Be the Light Walk Director & Suicide Survivor, at bethelightwalk@gmail.com.