(WBNG) -- Broome County- Suicide Awareness for Everyone, otherwise known as BC Safe, is this week's winner of a two-thousand dollar grant from Upstate Shredding through Southern Tier Tuesdays.
BC Safe is a local prevention coalition based in Broome County and says their mission is to "reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts by increasing public awareness and providing educational and training resources."
The coalition says that prioritizing mental health and raising awareness is incredibly important, and aims to make seeking help an easy task.
Right now, BC Safe is in its planning stages for their second-ever "Chalk the Walk, Have the Talk" event on September 10, 2021, to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day.
Members from BC Safe say the campaign began last year due to the pandemic.
"We were trying to really think outside the box and how can we engage the community," explained Maria Fabrizi, a member of BC Safe, adding, "so, we're doing our second campaign for this year. Hopefully we're going to have a kickoff event on September 10. And it's really a week long call to action. We're asking individuals and organizations to beautify their sidewalks and their driveways with messages of hope and resilience."
Fabrizi adds that images and messages can really be anything drawn or witten with chalk.
BC Safe adds that they will use the grant to help raise awareness throughout the community and for their Chalk the Walk campaign.look.ahead_.world-suicide-prevention-flyer-2021-with-sponsors
Southern Tier Tuesdays is a philanthropic endeavor of Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, and his daughter, Clover. For more information or to nominate a Southern Tier non-profit go to southerntiertuesdays.com