The Suicide Awareness/Prevention Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance, took place on Friday evening amid a small crowd of tearful mourners and survivors
"I honestly feel like this event will be a success if we can reach just one person, if we can just show them there is hope and lead them to the resources,” said interim-treasurer Ian Leach of the GSA.
“I think it was beautiful. I was really pleased with the individual experience. I really feel like everyone could get something out of it whether it be closure, hope or resources,” Leach said.
The event's speakers were professor of psychology Patrick Wise and the assistant professor of psychology Melissa Grey. Also speaking was KayeLani Wilson from Gabby’s Ladder, a non-profit dedicated to helping survivors and the family members of those who have committed suicide. Denice Yost, whose twin brother committed suicide, also gave a speech.
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“I don’t hurt over him anymore. I remember him and think of all the great things he could have done,” said Yost.
After the guest speakers had concluded, the event moved outside where everyone formed a circle, stepping forward to light their candle. Many participants were emotional during the vigil.
“I thought it went very well, I was pleased with the turnout.” said Penny Bodell, advisor to the GSA.