If You Go

five hands, all with suicide prevention wristbands

: Saturday, November 3; check-in is at 1 p.m., walk begins at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Bucks County Community College, One Hillendale Road, Perkasie 18944

(The walk will be held rain or shine.)

MORE INFORMATION: contact Dawn Seader at 267-904-7655 or send an email.

Pennridge Students Walk to Promote Suicide Awareness

Between the pressure to succeed academically and fit in socially, Bobby Brashear says some students can reach a breaking point where suicide seems to be a preferable option.

"It can get to be very intense for some people," said the Pennridge High School junior. 

That why Brashear, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions club, will be among approximately 80 students from the high school and three middle schools expected to participate in Saturday's "Hold On You Matter" walk to promote awareness of suicide, especially among young people.

Scheduled for 2 p.m. on the Bucks County Community College campus in East Rockhill (Perkasie), the walk will support the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Task Force in its efforts to raise awareness and prevent suicide.

PHS math teacher Tammy Rissmiller, SADD advisor and a member of the school's Student Assistance Program team, said she has seen an increase in the number of students seeking mental health services to help them cope with stress and anxiety. 

"It is important that we have resources in place," said Rissmiller, who represents Pennridge on the task force along with PHS Social Worker Joseph Werner and Crisis Counselor Gwen Damiani. 

Funds raised at the walk will be used to develop prevention, intervention and postvention activities to address suicide in Bucks County, said Rissmiller.

This will be the fourth walk but the first in Upper Bucks County. Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis Marseglia, one of the driving forces behind the event, said the significance of the walk is the community linking arms to educate one another, sharing resources of help for those struggling, and allowing a place for grief to be shared.

"I am proud of the progress we have made as a community, while still recognizing the great strides needed to show everyone they matter," she said.