Accomplishments


Background


END THE SILENCE WALK, A SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WALK IS IN MEMORY OF THE LIVES OF BOBBY AND JOSH BINTNER. THEY WERE BROTHERS THAT BOTH COMPLETED SUICIDE, 13 YEARS APART. BOBBY WAS 13 YEARS OLD AND JOSH WAS 17 YEARS OLD, BOTH BATTLED SECRETLY WITH DEPRESSION AND FELT THEY HAD NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO END THEIR LIVES.

THE BINTNER FAMILY WAS DEVASTATED BY THESE EVENTS AND FELT THE NEED TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE DELTA COUNTY COMMUNITY WITH THEIR STORY. THE BINTNER FAMILY AND FRIENDS PARTNERED WITH THE DELTA COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE IN 2009 TO CREATE THIS EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS IN THE DELTA COUNTY COMMUNITY ABOUT DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE.

THE DELTA COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE FORMED IN 2006 IN RESPONSE TO A PLAN ON THE STATE LEVEL TO ADDRESS THE SOCIAL PROBLEM OF SUICIDE AND INITIATE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES. THE TASK FORCE CONSISTS OF LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. 

FUNDS RAISED FROM THE END THE SILENCE WALK OVER THE YEARS HAVE FUNDED THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES THAT THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH:


  • IN 2105, THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE HIRED A SOCIAL WORKER, PAM ALTO, TO PROVIDE SERVICES ONE DAY A WEEK FOR ONE SCHOOL YEAR AT THE ISD, ESCANABA MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS.

  • OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN 20 PRESENTATIONS IN THE DELTA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ON SUICIDE AWARENESS AND EDUCATION GIVEN BY BDD ASSOCIATES (STEVE BUCKBEE, DAN DOYLE & MIKE DUPONT)  ALONG WITH CINDY BINTNER. STUDENTS ARE ALSO GIVEN INFORMATION AND LEFTOVER SHIRTS FROM THE END THE SILENCE WALK.

  • IN 2019, THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE PARTICIPATED IN A PROGRAM THAT BAY COLLEGE NURSING STUDENTS HOSTED, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. JEFF OLSON PRESENTED AND THERE WAS A SHOWING OF HIS DOCUMENTARY, DO IT FOR DANIEL, WHICH WAS ABOUT HIS SON WHO STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND COMPLETED SUICIDE.

  • IN 2018, THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE PARTICIPATED IN THE SHOWING OF THE RIPPLE EFFECT, A DOCUMENTARY BY KEVIN HINES, A SURVIVOR OF SUICIDE WHO JUMPED OFF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. 

  • IN 2017, THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE PARTICIPATED IN AN ASSEMBLY ON BULLYING. THE BDD ASSOCIATED PRESENTED AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL WAS DISTRIBUTED.

  • STARTING IN 2013, THE SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE HAS SPONSORED AN ANNUAL $250 HEALTHY CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDENTS BY WHO COMPLETE AN ESSAY ON SUICIDE PREVENTION AND HEALTHY CHOICES. 

  • PRESENTED TO APPROXIMATELY 85 DELTA COUNTY TEACHERS AT TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE AND IDENTIFY A SUICIDAL STUDENT.

  • DEPRESSION AWARENESS POSTERS THAT TARGETED TEENS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED IN LOCAL SCHOOLS AND OTHER LOCATIONS.

  • RESOURCE DIRECTORY FLYERS, EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL ALONG WITH PENS, MAGNETS AND WRISTBANDS THAT DISPLAYED THE 1-800-273- TALK LIFELINE NUMBER WERE DISTRIBUTED TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.​

  • PURCHASED DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE AWARENESS MATERIALS FOR LOCAL COUNSELING AND MEDICAL FACILITIES.

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