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7th Annual Walk About to Talk About Suicide, Kennewick - Saturday, September 12th

KENNEWICK, WA – The Benton Franklin Suicide Prevention Coalition (BFSPC) and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) will host the 7th Annual “Walk About to Talk About Suicide Prevention” on Saturday, September 12th. Registration for the walk is free and will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Outback Steakhouse on Canal Drive in Kennewick, where the first 100 participants will receive a free Bloomin’ Onion. Participants will also be able to take part in a community art project that will raise awareness. Anyone who wishes to participate in raising awareness about suicide prevention and remembering those we have lost is welcome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United State an average of 105 people die by suicide each day. For each death, they estimate there are 25 attempted suicides.

We have seen a rise in youth suicides in Washington State, and it is now the 2nd leading cause of death in young people. According to the 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), 10% of 10th graders reported making a suicide attempt in the 12 months prior to the survey. Further, 15% reported that they have no adults to turn to when they feel sad and hopeless.

In Benton and Franklin Counties we have lost 31 individuals to suicide since January 1, 2015. They were friends, family members, and neighbors. (Benton Franklin Health Department) Six of these individuals were youth between the ages of 15 to 24. This is an increase in the number of suicides we had at this same time last year.

Help is immediately available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or LGBT 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-73867). You can also call the local Crisis Response at (509) 783-0500.For more information about what you can do to prevent youth suicide, contact Kristi Haynes at

About the Benton/Franklin Suicide Prevention Coalition:

We are a local group consisting of concerned citizens, mental health professionals, clergy, educators and social workers who will meet the first Wednesday of each month at 9:00AM at the United Way Bldg.

The Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) is a statewide program with the mission to reduce youth suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State. Working toward that goal, we build public awareness, offer training, and support communities taking action.

The Grainger Foundation Supports Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Seattle, WA, January 14, 2015 – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $25,000 to Youth Suicide Prevention Program’s curricula and curricula training.

“This grant will be used to forward the important and necessary education needed toshow our youth that suicide is not the answer and there is help for them,” said Vicki Wagner, Executive Director of Youth Suicide Prevention Program. “Acommitment to suicide prevention is necessary, and we are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Youth Suicide Prevention Program is a statewide organization committed to the well-being of young people. Currently, the program includes field coordinators in King, Yakima, Spokane, Okanogan, Benton/Franklin and Clark/Cowlitz counties, the Tri-Cities, and the Tri-Counties of Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille.

The donation was recommended by Wray Bjerkestrand, Gene Boyington, Erik Greeno, CurtisKing, Market Managers, and Darrell Luff, Sr. Manager, Market DC, of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Washington locations.  Grainger has been a part of the greater Seattle business community for 35 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to recommend the initiatives offered by Youth Suicide Prevention Program,” said Boyington. “We understand the need for suicide prevention and our state values this program.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Youth Suicide Prevention Program was founded in 1995 as part of the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2000.  We continue to be the only suicide prevention organization in the state with a local presence and specifically focused on youth.

For further information about Grainger, contact:

Joe Micucci, Director, Media Relations at

For further information about Youth Suicide Prevention Program, contact:

Vicki Wagner, Executive Director, at

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