After suffering a teen suicide every year for five years, the Monrovia Community felt enough was enough. Through these tragedies, a new organization was formed. Healing Connections is a task force made up of community members, city officials, students, and MUSD staff whose mission is to raise the community’s awareness of suicide and other related mental health issues.
At a recent Duarte Kiwanis meeting, founding member Mary Ann Lutz shared the ongoing support Healing Connections is providing throughout the area. The volunteers visit local schools, service clubs, teen commissions, churches and other communnity-based gatherings to give presentations on suicide prevention and share what is being done to aid and support those dealing with emotional issues.
Healing Connections sponsors a city-wide campaign during the month of March called March 4 Balance. This campaign is designed to coordinate, engage, and execute a series of community outreach and educational events to raise awareness. The events culminate in a community rally at the end of the month.
If you are interested in joining Duarte Kiwanis or being a speaker at a future event, contact Tina Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.