Yellow ribbon card could be a lifesaver Youth will distribute information

Yellow ribbon card could be a lifesaver Youth will distribute information by David Lias High school youth in Vermillion will be going door to door Sunday, April 8 on a mission that just may save a life someday.

April 8 is Suicide Awareness Day. Young people will be visiting community neighborhoods on behalf of the Yellow Ribbon program and suicide awareness.

"The city has declared that day Yellow Ribbon Awareness Day," said the Rev. Steve Miller of Healthy Kids/Healthy Community. "Our goal is for everyone in Vermillion to have a Yellow Ribbon card, and carry it in their purse or wallet."

The cards are just one component of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, which was begun by a couple who lost their son to suicide and has grown to national prominence.

Printed are three different telephone numbers that a person can call to help dissuade someone who is contemplating suicide.

All high school students are welcome to help distribute the cards April 8. Youth will meet at 4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, distribute the cards, return to the armory at 6 p.m., and finish the evening by taking part in a celebration dinner at the Vermillion Middle School.

This event is being sponsored by the Healthy Kids/Healthy Community Task Force, Natural Helpers at Vermillion High School, and the high school youth groups of United Church of Christ, St. Agnes, Trinity Lutheran and First Methodist churches.

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