FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new golf getaway is designed to honor a lost life while working to prevent the loss of another.
The first Kevin Wilson Memorial Golf Outing took place at the Eel River Golf Course with the aim of raising awareness of resources that help people with mental health problems.
“It was basically to say that suicide is something that needs to be talked about more often,” said organizer Robert Freon, a friend of Wilson. “To let people know that they are in a crisis, that there is a place to go, that there is a place to call, they can even text them to get something . that they need help. And we’re here to help. “
Freon organized the event in honor of Wilson, who died of suicide last year. All proceeds from the event will go to Stop Suicide Now, in northeast Indiana.
“We’ve never had a big fundraiser for our organization,” said Colleen Carpenter. “We are staffed with volunteers who come from all walks of life to come together and find out what our community needs to stop suicide.”
The group creates and distributes educational toolkits and offers training to help people fight mental struggles … a problem they believe has increased since the COVID outbreak.
“COVID has been tough for a lot of people, with anxiety and depression going through the roof, especially among our young people,” said Carpenter. “So if someone thinks of suicide, please call a hotline. There are several text blinds out there that can help people, and I know Kevin’s family would like to be told to seek help with mental health problems or thoughts of suicide. “
Seeing the turnout they had in their first year reassures the people who knew and loved Wilson.
“It makes me so happy that everyone is out here supporting him and supporting him and the people who are going through what he’s been through,” said Brooklyn Robin, a friend of the Wilson family.
“There are a lot of people taking care of it,” Freon said. “And it means something. If we only save one person, if we save a life, that is our goal today. “