Suicide prevention vigil to be held at Veterans Park

By Art Hunter

The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition will hold its 12th annual candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Veterans Park in Union Township.

According to organizers, the vigil is held each year to remember, honor, and cherish the lives of the people from Clermont County who have been lost to suicide in the past year.

Taressa Ingle, a volunteer with the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, will be speaking about her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.

Ingle lost her younger brother, United States Air Force veteran Staff Sgt. Daniel Braun, to suicide in May of this year.

“I think the big thing is, that I didn’t realize that this could happen to my family, that it could happen to any family,” Ingle said. “We don’t hear about it on the news, but suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, with 89 people dying from suicide in this country every day.”

Ingle said that events like the candlelight vigil are important for the community, and for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

“Events like this fight the stigma of mental illness and suicide that surrounds the families,” Ingle said. “They help bring together people who feel that they are alone and show them that they are not alone.”

Also speaking at the event will be Karen Sherra, director of the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Pastor Dave Dewitt, and others.

There will be a candle lighting ceremony, balloon release, and a performance by the West Clermont By-Request Choir.