Thursday, September 28, 2023

‘Shatter the Silence’ at this event

NORFOLK — Shatter the Silence, now in its third year, has been moved to Nov. 2 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., rescheduled because of Hurricane Florence.

It will be at the Attucks Theater, 1010 Church St..

The free event is an interactive gathering that encourages teens and young adults to ask for help by learning about the warning signs of suicide and gaining information about the resources available in their communities.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Virginians ages 15 to 34, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Survivors, community leaders and professionals will share stories that demonstrate the value of speaking up and attendees will enjoy performances by Glam Kids and Teens with a Purpose, along with several speakers to include Michelle Peterson from the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation.

Attendees will receive a boxed dinner and an opportunity to win a variety of prizes such as tickets to Busch Gardens, an iPad, and dozens of restaurant gift cards.

The event is a collaborative effort between the community services boards of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

For information visit @SuicideAwarenessShatterTheSilence on Facebook.

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