GENESEO, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2023 – Now in its ninth year, the Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force, alongside Genesee Valley Health Partnership and CASA-Trinity, Inc., will host a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 to coincide with two global events – International Overdose Day on August 31, 2023 and World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, September 10, 2023.
The event will take place at Pavilion #3 in Al Lorenz Park in Mount Morris, which can be entered into any GPS device or mapping application.
The vigil, which is free and open to the public, will be an evening of remembrance and hope and will honor loved ones lost to suicide and overdose. The event will also be live-streamed on the Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force Facebook page for those who would like to attend virtually. There will be guest speakers, testimonials and lighting of candles as a symbol of hope and reflection.
The event’s hosts are also asking residents to turn on their porch lights at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th in remembrance of those lost.
Lynne Mignemi, Director of the Livingston County Probation Department and Chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, said, “The Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force, CASA-Trinity, and the Genesee Valley Health Partnership look forward to hosting the ninth Annual Suicide and Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil on September 7, 2023 at Al Lorenz Park for the families, friends and loved ones of those lost to suicide and overdose death. The candlelight vigil has become an event where the community can come together with hope and shared stories that remember loved ones. Over the last few years, Al Lorenz Park has undergone an extraordinary face lift. The park offers an intimate, nature-focused setting that is perfect for this moving event. All are welcome, from our Livingston County community and surrounding counties.”
To learn more about CASA-Trinity, Inc., please call (585) 991-5012. You can also learn more about the Genesee Valley Health Partnership by visiting its website.
Did you know that the Livingston County Department of Health, in conjunction with CASA Trinity, offers free training on how to properly administer Narcan, a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse the impacts of an opioid-related overdose? Learn more about this opportunity by calling the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-6700.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.