Shelby Barton and family submitted photos of their suicide prevention mental health awareness art for the “Let’s Chalk About Mental Health” campaign.
Shelby Barton and family submitted photos of their suicide prevention mental health awareness art for the “Let’s Chalk About Mental Health” campaign.
Humboldt Connections Suicide Prevention in Winnemucca invites businesses and individuals to take part in an annual #KillTheStigma suicide prevention campaign by using chalk and sidewalks to create positive messages. 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the campaign will help kickoff local awareness efforts. 

“We want you to take to your local streets and driveways with your chalk and then upload a photo of your message of hope and inspiration,” said Humboldt County Juvenile Services Director Pauline Salla in an email. “To kick start Suicide Awareness Month we want EVERYONE to take to the streets with chalk and spread positive messages to help anyone who may be struggling.” 

The efforts this year encourages individuals and businesses to decorate the pavement near their location rather than participating in a public event due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and government-mandated restrictions. 

Pictures of positive artwork are encouraged to be uploaded to social media with the tag #LetsChalkAboutMentalHealth or #ChalkAboutMentalHealth.

The campaign will run from September 1, 2020, until World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2020. 

Last year 56 cities around the world took part in the initiative and this year Juvenile Services in Winnemucca hopes to help double last year’s number of participating cities with local participation. 

The national suicide prevention lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources at 800-273-TALK (8255). 

More information can also be found at www.https://humboldtsuicideprevention.org/.