The Northern Box Elder County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting its 4th annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Friday, July 17th starting at 8 p.m. at Jennie Stevens Park, 614 North 1000 West in Tremonton. Everyone is invited to attend.
Jennie Schultz, Chief Operations Officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah, says families who have lost love ones to suicide find the event helps them heal and not feel alone. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds but she feels the Boys and Girls Club helps young people have a feeling of belonging.
“I think what has been the funnest is being here so long,” Schultz says, “that you actually see the kids that you work with are parents now. Just seeing where they started, when they were young, and see where they are now I think is the most rewarding, just being a part of their lives.”
She says those attending the event always say they feel comforted through the experience.
Schultz says the Boys and Girls Club continues its work as an affordable, safe place where families can bring their children during out-of-school hours. The headquarters for Northern Utah are in Brigham City but serves around 150 children throughout Cache and Box Elder counties.
“We have a K-7 program in Logan and this year we started running after school clubs at Mount Logan (Middle School) which will continue,” Schultz explains. “We are slowly trying to grow over there.
“Hopefully we’ll be around for along time and be able to provide after school (programs) to all kids in Cache Valley.”
Schultz has been with Boys and Girls Club for approximately 20 years and she says it is great to help club members succeed in everyday life. She says in the summer kids keep busy with day camps, art clubs, science camps, and a lot of other activities. Because some kids are there for up to 12 hours Schultz says the workers try to keep things fun.