Fundraiser to benefit suicide prevention organization


A Seymour woman has organized a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at noon Aug. 4 at Gaiser Park in Seymour.

The event, put together by Tailor Lewis, will feature cornhole and volleyball tournaments and a raffle. Food and event T-shirts will be sold, and a representative from the foundation will be on hand to distribute information about suicide.

Lewis, who is studying psychology with a concentration in suicide prevention at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, said she has lost an uncle and a friend to suicide and wants to raise awareness.

There were nine suicides in Jackson County in 2017, six in 2016, five in 2015 and eight in 2014, according to a report from the coroner’s office. Two have been reported this year through May 22.

On average, one person dies by suicide every eight hours in the state, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, according to the foundation.

Proceeds from the event will be given to the foundation, founded in 1987 by Mariette Hartley and headquartered in New York City. The foundation has chapters in every state.

Lewis also will have a table set up outside Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St., Seymour, each day this coming week.

Information: Find the event page on Facebook or email [email protected].

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