“Youth Suicide – Out of the Darkness Awareness Day”
Thursday, April 28th was recognized as “Youth Suicide – Out of the Darkness Awareness Day” by proclamation by the City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart on the steps of the Patrick Cole City Hall building. Students from surrounding High Schools walked from Lathrop High School in support of the Fairbanks Youth “SOS – Signs of Suicide Campaign.” The “SOS Campaign” promotes individual responsibility for living healthy, raising awareness about depression and suicide, and to provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.
The Proclamation was read by Angela Foster-Snow, City HR Director in partnership with Montean Jackson, Director of the Discipline & Prevention/Intervention Programs of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Following the reading, the students released yellow balloons into the bright blue sky as a reminder of friends, family, and loved ones lost to suicide.
The motto “it’s okay 2Ask 4Help” is proudly displayed on the shirts the students wore, and the buttons they handed out. All of our local high schools have programs to help any student that may be struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide or grief of losing a friend or loved one.