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“There for Each Other Day’ highlights suicide prevention

Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 4:45 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - September is Suicide Prevention Month and people who have been impacted by suicide are doing what they can to share their story.

The Langer family has been hit hard with two losses due to suicide. On Saturday, they wanted to invite other families in Grand Island dealing with their own struggles to ‘There For Each Other Day’.

Eight years ago an uncle passed away from taking his own life. This year the family once again is recovering from a lost loved one.

“My cousin Colton passed away this Easter actually and he was 20,” Megan (Langer) Fitzgerald said. “We didn’t get to have a memorial for him because of all the COVID stuff so I just wanted a chance to bring all our family together and then talk about a problem.”

Megan wanted to find a way to talk about what happened to her family so others can find support. She reached out to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and they helped her put on the family fun day in Stolley Park. There was free food, games and even a dunk tank. It was all with a goal to remember Colton in a light-hearted way.

“So when they went it really destroyed my very strong, or seemingly strong, family so I love that they’re all here. I love that they’re all excited to be here,” Megan said.

Other families who have lost loved ones to suicide joined to share in their grief and learn more about the different prevention efforts.

“It reminds you you’re not the only one who has lost somebody that way. You’re not the only one confused,” Megan said.

She said it is a difficult subject to talk about but believes people need to know about the resources to get help to end the cycle.

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