MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Silver Creek Central School recently donated to the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County to assist the Alliance with its efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and support services available in our region.
Coming together as a school, staff at Silver Creek Central School use a long-standing tradition and raise money to donate in a variety of ways. Staff proclaim one day of each week as Casual Day where they collect and donate money to wear casual clothes in place of professional work attire.
When speaking with Shannon Karcz, middle school secretary and coordinator of Casual Day, she said, “Many of us end up wearing Buffalo Bills’ clothes, but some also show Black Knight pride by wearing school colors.” This Black Knight pride encompasses the idea of giving to others. As a school we are aware of the mental health needs of the community and often times the money goes to a family in need of financial support.”
This particular casual day occurred on September 10, 2021 during Suicide Prevention Month. In true Black Knight pride, the staff decided to use the money raised on this day and donate it to the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County.
Carri Raynor, Coordinator of the Alliance said, “It was really special to open this donation as it was unexpected and opened on Giving Tuesday. These acts of generosity embody the mission of the alliance and contribute to efforts that support families who survive a loss. There are many ways to make a difference in our community and we thank Silver Creek Central for doing their part. We know that stigma is a barrier for many and one of the ways we can reduce fear is by normalizing help seeking by having authentic conversations around mental health. Reach out to loved ones, friends and neighbors and ask them how they are doing. There are many resources in our community that can be healing and hopeful and we encourage everyone to check in on themselves and others.”
If you are struggling from the loss of a loved one to suicide, there is a local support group every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. It is held at The Chautauqua Center in Jamestown from 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you would like more information about the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County or would like to make a monetary contribution or find out more about how you can volunteer to assist with upcoming events, please go to www.preventsuicidechq.com.
If you are experiencing a crisis, contact the 24/7 Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-724-0461, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.