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Sunday benefit concert brings awareness to suicide prevention

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

Contact Helpline and the Mississippi Modern Homestead join Sunday to bring awareness to suicide prevention with a benefit concert at the Homestead center at 402 Lake Valley Road in Starkville. The concert is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

 

"The Homestead is honored to host Contact Helpline for this event in commemoration of the death of Robin Williams," said Alison Buehler of the Homestead. Contact, a 24/7 telephone helpline, has received more than 10,000 calls from people in crisis in North Mississippi.  

 

Many who die by suicide don't want to end their lives, they just want the pain to end, said Contact Executive Director Katrina Sunivelle. 

 

That pain can be defined as depression, anxiety, mental illness, incurable health problems, bullying, substance abuse, loneliness, physical or verbal abuse, Sunivelle explained. 

 

The helpline's mission is to provide telephone crisis intervention and be an initial point of contact to the entire range of available community resources. Carefully trained volunteers assist callers through personal crisis and difficulty. 

 

Tickets to the Aug. 31 event featuring live music, food and resources are $10, $5 for students. Children under 5 attend free. Contact is a United Way agency. Tickets are tax deductible.  

 

For more information, contact Sunivelle at 662-327-2968 or visit contacthelpline.org.

 

 

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