5K Race to raise awareness of suicide prevention

FLUSHING — The Connect Communicate Care 5K Run/Walk aimed at preventing suicide is slated to be held on Sept. 10 at Zion Christian Retreat and Nature Center, 73999 Reservoir Road, Flushing.

The event is being organized by the co-workers and friends of Isaac Blake who took his life in June 2015. He was an employee of the center.

“In June 2015 our co-worker and friend, Isaac Blake, took his life. Isaac’s death greatly affected the staff at Zion. We began to question the days leading up to the day that he took his life. We still often wonder what we could have done or said to Isaac to help him. We will never be able to answer those questions but we can raise awareness,” organizers said.

“September is suicide prevention and awareness month. … We will start the evening with a 5k race or a gentle yoga class followed with speakers, light refreshments, and a light the lake ceremony to honor the souls of loved ones lost to suicide and those who continue to struggle with mental health.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

Organizers also are seeking people to participate in the event including: counselors, health care providers, speakers, local schools, and those willing to tell their stories about how they were affected by suicide or have survived suicide.

Zion is also looking for community support to make this event a success. People can make a tax deductible monetary donation to the Zion Foundation by mailing a check to 334 East High St., Flushing OH 43977. Organizers want to be able to continue this event at Zion every September. A portion of the money raised will go to the Belmont County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the rest will be used to continue the event each September.

For more information, to be a speaker, or to get involved, call or email Lori Kovacs at 740-968-0955, lorik.zionchristianretreat@frontier.com.