Spreading suicide prevention awareness right in Lucas County
Last year, 78 people died from suicide in Lucas County, and many more went unreported.
Those facts come from the Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition. It has employees that all can relate to people reaching out, suffering from depression, anxiety and more.
"To be able to take that story, take what used to hurt me, use it for a positive action and to help people, I think it's pretty incredible."
This week, organizations like LCSPC are doing their best to stop it.
Jen Wakefield is the coordinator for the organization and has been for one year now.
"We're not just the person across from the desk working, but we're actually people that say 'hey, I've been there, I've walked the walk, I'm getting help and look at me, I'm doing well."
The war veteran got help from the local VA for her anxiety, depression and nervousness.
Wakefield hopes to take what she has learned and help those suffering daily.
"When I learned about this opportunity, it was perfect for me because I had my own struggles with anxiety and depression in my past. To be able to serve the community, while having a job, is pretty incredible."
For National Suicide Prevention Week, the coalition visited Clay High School on Thursday, speaking to 1,200 students.
LCSPC spends their days raising the communities' awareness on mental health, hoping to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression.
Wakefield says to always communicate with your loved ones because you never know what someone might be going through.
"I always say check on the strong ones because not everyone has those warning signs. Check on each other, share the free resources that are available and just promote the awareness."
If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to call the hotline at 800-273-TALK, or text 714714.