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Resilient Families Celebration

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In honor of Suicide Prevention month, Building Resilient Youth is hosting a Resilient Families Celebration this Thursday, September 28, from 6:00-8:00pm. This free event, which will be held at Lawrence Street Park in Zeeland, will feature spoken word performances, family fun activities, games, prizes and more.

There will also be bracelets made by Makenna Clarke, a local high school student, available for purchase at the event. The bracelets feature the word “Warrior,” with a semicolon, and are available in black, turquoise and purple, in accordance with the Suicide Prevention ribbon.

The semicolon has become a symbol for suicide prevention. Just as the semicolon represents a sentence that could have ended but didn’t, it also represents when someone could have ended their life but chose to continue. As Makenna says, “The semicolon represents a symbol of hope and courage – that you have the power to overcome whatever life puts in front of you.”

Makenna chose to highlight mental health awareness for her senior capstone project, and after watching the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, decided to do her part in spreading awareness on teen suicide.

“The show did a great job of bringing about conversation on a topic that is highly stigmatized, but in my opinion, there are certain elements of the show that could have been improved,” Makenna said.   “It is so important to raise awareness about suicide prevention because it is something many people deal with on a daily basis, but it is not talked about nearly enough.  It is essential that we make resources more accessible so people will use them more frequently...  Struggles are never an indication of failure. I believe reaching out and asking for help makes you even stronger.”

Each bracelet will be for sale for $5, and $3 of each one sold will go to support Building Resilient Youth.

“I made these bracelets because I wanted other people to always have a little reminder that they are worthy of a happy and healthy life,” Makenna said. “My goal with this project is to show teens that there are so many resources out there, that they should never feel alone, and to be aware of the negative impact the media can have on a person’s mental health.”

To purchase one of Makenna’s bracelets, please join us at the Resilient Families Celebration this Thursday.