Front Porch Coalition hosts butterfly release to honor those lost to suicide

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Saturday afternoon the Front Porch Coalition hosted a butterfly release at Canyon Lake Park, in honor of family members and loved ones lost to suicide. It was the coalition’s first annual butterfly release, and many community members gathered to celebrate the life and memory of those closest to them. This event is put in place to make people feel like they are not alone and that there are survivors who are willing to help.

Not only does suicide affect those closest to us — it also affects those who have or are currently serving in the military. That is why suicide outreach and education specialist for the VA Mark Urban said there are two main things he is focused on in his work.

“Anybody can be a voice or a person that assists somebody else in getting help for a veteran or getting somebody to services” Urban said. “We do SAVE presentations which are recognizing signs, asking questions, validate their feelings and than finally encourage them to get help.”

Over 100 people attended the event and organizer Toni Speckman said they plan on doing more events like this in the future.

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