Suicide prevention chalk event coming Thursday, September 9

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 5:41 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Parkersburg Art Center is partnering with Westbrook Health Services to bring some color to our streets for World Suicide Prevention Day.

The public is invited to grab some chalk and write positive messages and mental health resources on the sidewalk of the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street on September 9. The event is called Chalk the Walk.

Jessie Siefert of the art center says it’s all about spreading hope and being helpful, as well as spreading awareness.

She hopes that when people walk by the final product they don’t feel alone.

“Hopefully they feel a sense of community and understand that there’s people out there who want to help them, who want to reach out...,” Siefert said.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can pick up chalk for free at the art center’s front desk from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. the Westbrook team will be offering chalk.

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