Walk Along the Shore for Depression Awareness and Suicide Loss

Walk Along the Shore - 2015

Participants of the Walk enjoyed beautiful weather in 2015.

On November 12, starting at 1 p.m., The Shore Grief Center will host its annual fundraiser walk, Walk Along the Shore, at the Southeastern Baptist Seminary in downtown Wake Forest.

The purpose of the walk is twofold: to raise awareness of depression and suicide caused by depression and to bring together people who have suffered through a loss of a loved one.

Walk Along the Shore - 2015

A group shot of the 2015 participants.

“Survivors of suicide loss will be walking in memory of children, spouses and friends lost to depression and suicide,” said Carolyn Zahnow, the head coordinator of The Shore Grief Center.

It’s “boots on the ground” for supporters of The Shore Grief Center’s efforts to help people overcome their depression associated with grief. The Shore provides free grief support groups and serves three locations: Wake, Franklin and Wilson counties.

The walk itself will be 1.5 miles long, sweeping through the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary campus along brick pathways that will make it easier for women with babies to bring them along in carriages or for people who use wheelchairs.

On-site registration starts at noon. Participants can also pre-register online at www.bitly.com/ShoreWalk2016.

While there is no charge to register, participants are asked to make a donation to help the organization continue to provide care and support to those in need.

“There are many suicide awareness walks this fall in the area, but The Shore’s fund-raising efforts stay local,” Zahnow said.

The first 24 donations of $75 or more will receive a lime green cooler backpack as a thank you from The Shore.

In addition to the walk, the event will include multiple activities such as Honor Beads that represent the type of loss for depression awareness, a new Butterfly Wall, Memory Trees and a Memorial Wall where participants can bring a picture of lost loved ones to place on the wall and honor their life.

“Addressing depression is key to preventing additional suicides,” Zahnow said.

A butterfly release at the end of the event – if the temperature is appropriate – will be the culminating activity.

“This is in lieu of a balloon release, which is harmful to our environment, birds and other animals.” Zahnow said.

For more information about The Shore and its events, visit www.theshoregriefcenter.org

— Abaigeal Brown, November 2016