LYNCHBURG, Va (WFXR) — Horizon Behavioral Health is doing its part to raise awareness during Suicide Prevention Month. Saturday they held their “Ride of our Lives” event, teaming up with the Combat Veterans’ Motorcycle Association (CVMA) to spread a message of hope throughout the community.
The riders roared through the Hill City starting at the Harley Davidson on Timberlake road and ending at the Horizon Behavioral Health Center on Langhorne road. In addition to the food and live music, attendees had the opportunity to hear inspiring stories from members of the community and learn about mental health resources in the area.
Horizon Behavioral Health has hosted several events throughout the month of September in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. CEO Melissa Lucy says they want the community to know they are not alone.
“We just want to get the word out, we want to make sure that the community is aware that we’re here to help and that we have services whether it’s just listening to them or providing them some other type of assistance,” said Lucy.
CVMA worked alongside Horizon to pull off the event, and CMVA member David “Snake” Work says it is imperative that they always support one another in order to decrease the number of veteran suicides.
“The suicide rate is epidemic, we’ve got to stop it. one of the main reasons I joined the organization is to join the network of brothers and sisters that I can call on when I need them,” said Work.
Both Horizon Behavioral Health and CVMA emphasized the importance of talking about mental health and ending the stigma that surrounds it.
“Talking about it can bring it to the light, we can actually know what’s going on with individuals and find a way to help them,” said Lucy.
Work says that sometimes just knowing your community is there to support you can make a huge difference.
“It gives a reassurance, that I am not alone,” said Work.
If you or a loved one are struggling with your mental health, you are encouraged to dial 988 to speak with the National Suicide and Crisis Hotline.
Additional resources include:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline — 800-273-TALK (8255)
Veterans Crisis Line — 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)