WELLSVILLE — In addition to other local resources, another Cache Valley organization, Avenues of Hope, is on a mission to help fight the war on suicide.
On KVNU’s For the People show last week, Lisa Mitchell said her goal was to help people find a human connection and a sense of belonging.
“We really believe that if people have this sense of belonging, they will have better mental health, they will be able to heal and they will be able to live a full and happy life,” she explained.
Mitchell said the more openly people discuss suicide and mental health, the more it creates a safe place for people who find it difficult to open up and talk. Avenues of Hope offers a variety of aids including music therapy programs, coaching programs and also horses.
“We’re trying to pull resources together, find ways for individuals to connect, because talk therapy doesn’t work for everyone. So we have music therapy, we have equine therapy that we can connect people with, and it’s really effective therapy that’s been proven to help touch people’s lives.
This Saturday, July 9e, they are sponsoring a Race for Hope in Wellsville. The cost is $25 for the 5K and free for a one-mile run for kids. The race starts at 8 a.m.
“It will be at Wellsville city square park, if you are not familiar with Wellsville, that is where the tabernacle is, there is a little park there and everything will be there. The race will start there and end there and it will be fun. It’s doable for anyone who wants to get out and run or walk, it will be a great time to get together and just share our positive energy with each other.
Mitchell said that’s one of the things they want to do is by having these events that they can just come together and really support each other. You can get more details at AvenuesofHope.net