‘Always Enough; Live The Story’ Suicide Awareness Walk and Banquet to Help Local Family

It is National Suicide Prevention Week and an upcoming event in Vernal aims to spread awareness and help a local family trying to get back on their feet. The ‘Always Enough; Live the Story’ Facebook group, which has grown to over 600 members, was created a few short weeks ago as a safe place for locals to find support after being affected by suicide and/or mental health struggles whether personally or through a loved one. It was formed after Shane and Catt Smith decided to be open about their unthinkable summer during which Shane spent time recovering in the hospital after a failed suicide attempt. While the experience is difficult to talk about, Catt says they want to let people know how amazing local 911 operators and officers are, give credit to the ER staff for being on point, and say that the community is amazing for all the support they have shown. Hoping to help others, Shane wants to spread the message and let people know that suicide is not the way out. He is grateful for a second chance but he wishes he would have reached out before he came to the point of attempting to end his life. That message of encouraging all to reach out for help is a theme on the Facebook page and will be a focus of a two-part ‘Always Enough; Live the Story’ event coming up next week that also serves as a fundraiser to help the Smiths with growing medical bills. The ‘Live The Story; Walk The Path’ all night walk is taking place the night of Saturday, September 18th from 6pm to 6am at the park in front of the Uintah County Library. Then on September 23rd, the ‘Always Enough: We Choose’ banquet will be held at 5:30pm at the Uintah Conference Center. Both will bring awareness to mental health and remember those who have lost the battle. Tickets and details about the events and how to have featured a picture and story of your loved one are available at www.alwaysenough.one.   

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