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Livestream Event 4/26 to Replace Spring Suicide Prevention/Awareness Walk

April 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

Social distancing has forced the cancellation of Bucks County’s spring #HoldOnYouMatter Walk this year, but a virtual celebration planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, will continue the cause of raising money and awareness for suicide prevention.

The livestream will feature performances and messages from guests and participants in the ongoing #HoldOnYouMatterChallenge. It will be carried via Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/buckscountyhoym/ HoldOn Livestream

Throughout the ongoing shutdown of social and business activities prompted by COVID-19, Bucks County’s Suicide Prevention Task Force has challenged community members to post messages of encouragement to others, to share clips of themselves beating the boredom during the physical isolation, or creating something else, verbal or visual, to inspire hope.

Participants have been urged to post these efforts on any social media platform, tagging them with #HOYM or #holdonyoumatter.

Virtual fundraising teams have also assembled to help continue support for awareness, prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to combat suicide in Bucks County. Since the inception of the #HoldOnYouMatter walks six years ago, more than $275,000 has been raised for such efforts, including about $75,000 in 2019 alone.

“The coronavirus will not stop us from having hope, nor will it keep us apart,” said Task Force Coordinator Kyle Esposito. “Our community is strong, generous and united. Throughout the month of April we’ve encouraged the heroes on the front lines, and those staying physically distanced to support them. Let’s encourage one another and get through this together!”  HoldOn01

For more information about the livestream or to donate, please visit www.holdonyoumatter.com.  Donations can also be mailed to:

#HoldOnYouMatter
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
55 E. Court Street, 4th Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901

All checks should be made payable to: Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., and will be put entirely toward efforts to prevent suicide.

Organizers expect to resume the semi-annual walks in the fall, when the Upper Bucks #HoldOnYouMatter walk is typically held at the Upper Bucks campus of Bucks County Community College.

Questions? Please contact Kyle Esposito at 267-904-7655 or v-kesposito@buckscounty.org.