Did you know the rate of suicide has increased about 141% over the past couple years in the state of Utah alone?
Hold On, Pain Ends. HOPE is the acronym Miss Murray 2018 Jessica Christenson is using to raise awareness for depression and prevent suicide across our state.
Jessica chose this as her platform because depression was something she dealt with herself throughout junior high and high school. She explained that her depression led to self harm and constant thoughts of suicide, but she soon found the hope she needed to overcome and she says it’s now her time to give that hope that she once lost to those who can’t seem to find it.
Jessica was crowned last September and from day one she hit the ground running. Since then, she has joined the Salt Lake Suicide Prevention Coalition, teamed up with The Reach Program, Every Teen Seen and many other nonprofit organizations. She has also spoken at numerous elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Murray City as well as the Boys and Girls Club.
You can join Jessica’s cause and support those dealing with mental health at her upcoming ‘HOPE Walk.’ This free event is to pay tribute to those struggling with depression or those lives lost to suicide. It will be held on May 26th at 9:00 am at Murray Park, Pavilion 2.
A few highlights include:
- Free T-shirts, given to the first 100 people
- Suicide prevention vendors, to provide resources
- A HOPE wall for everyone to write what gives them hope
- A raffle/auction in which all money raised will go towards the non-profit suicide prevention organizations she has been working with.
White flags will also be provided to remember lives lost to tragedy or suicide and also those that battle mental health. If you would like your name submitted please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can follow Jessica’s journey as Miss Murray 2018 on Facebook: @missmurrayorg or Instagram: @missmurray.ut