The Star Democrat

For All Seasons wraps up ‘You Matter’ campaign

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EASTON — For All Seasons goal with its “No Matter What ...You Matter” campaign is to prevent suicide and raise awareness on Maryland’s Eastern Shore through education and increased access to crisis resources. Research shows that suicide is a leading cause of death on the Eastern Shore and in the United States, but everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. For All Seasons’ campaign included “ASK. LISTEN. SHARE.” messaging to encourage the community to play their part in suicide prevention by asking those around them if they are OK, listening without judgment and sharing mental health resources.

“The response to this year’s campaign showed us that there is more need than ever for mental health services on the Mid-Shore.The number of visitors to our website during the campaign was significan­t, and we had more new sponsors of our event this year. Several community members stepped forward to have us tell their stories around how suicide has affected them,” said Beth Anne Langrell, CEO, For All Seasons.

“As I’ve gotten older, there are so many people I know who have lost somebody — people I would never have expected to have lost somebody in their family or friends. I have supported For All Seasons for years because of the positive impact the organizati­on has on our community’s mental health needs,” said Alice Ryan, owner of Trade Whims and a longtime For All Seasons’ donor.

This year’s campaign built on the success and impact of previous years. Local shops and restaurant­s distribute­d suicide prevention materials to their patrons, including brochures about For All Seasons services and crisis hotline stickers on to-go meal boxes. For All Seasons also premiered the “No Matter What ... You Matter” live streaming event. This virtual event inspired community connection while providing education and awareness on suicide prevention, including the music video, “You Will Be Found,” produced by Ray Remesch, featuring cast members from “Heart & Music,” a conversati­on with Beth Anne Langrell and Lesa Lee, chief clinical officer, about prevention and the ways we can be there one another, and an interview with Justin Mulcahey, a community member whose life changed forever when his family lost his brother to suicide.

Other aspects of the campaign included banners on light posts throughout town, the “Dear Evan Hansen” movie screening and discussion­s with local high students through Easton Premier Cinemas. Following the free, private viewing of the film, Langrell and Lee lead the participat­ing students in a discussion on the movie’s themes and share resources for mental health support for themselves or others. For All Seasons’ website also increased accessibil­ity to suicide prevention resources, making tools and awareness easier to access.

As in years past, For All Seasons presented to governing bodies of Mid-Shore counties about the prevalence of suicide and the ongoing need to focus on suicide prevention. These counties proclaimed October as “No MatterWhat …You Matter” Suicide Prevention Month and encouraged all residents to play their role in preventing suicide by participat­ing in the “ASK. LISTEN. SHARE.” Finally, For All Seasons staff participat­ed in local suicide prevention walks.

To watch the For All Seasons events, visit https://www.nomatterwh­atyoumatte­r.org/preventing-suicide-in-our-community/.

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? From left, Caroline County Commission­ers Daniel J. Franklin, Larry C. Porter, and Wilbur Levengood Jr. present a proclamati­on for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to Beth Anne Langrell, CEO, For All Seasons.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO From left, Caroline County Commission­ers Daniel J. Franklin, Larry C. Porter, and Wilbur Levengood Jr. present a proclamati­on for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to Beth Anne Langrell, CEO, For All Seasons.

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