Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell and community partners will host Light up the Night, a candlelight walk and vigil 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the hospital’s parking lot, between the A and E buildings.
The event is hosted in conjunction with the Army’s observance of National Suicide Prevention Month and will feature speakers from Team UNBROKEN, a group of five combat war veterans with unique backgrounds and injuries or disabilities.
“Light up the Night is a suicide awareness event set up to allow people the space to reflect on their own emotions and thoughts toward personal experience with suicide or the loss of loved ones to suicide. It is a space for reflection,” said Capt. Anthony Priest, BACH social worker and event coordinator. “These events are important because suicide is real. It has a presence at Fort Campbell and a presence in our lives. It is something that is not going to be avoided so instead we should step into it and stand together and show we are aware of the national and worldwide suicide concern and show support to others who have felt alone, lost hope or have known someone impacted by suicide.”
Light up the Night facilitators will wear special T-shirts making them easily identifiable to participants who may want assistance.
“We will have an array of support at the event if anyone needs to talk or seek help or learn more about resources for themselves or others,” Priest said. “We want everyone who attends the event to leave understanding the support network they have available and feel encouraged about remembering the individuals who have lost their lives to suicide.”
Those attending the event are encouraged to arrive early. Soldiers participating in this event can receive annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training credit, however participants must sign in to receive credit. Sign-in for annual credit begins at 7 p.m.
Team UNBROKEN will begin the event, followed by a Light up the Night Walk. Electric lanterns will be posted along the walking path but participants may bring their own flashlights to help light up the night. A moment of silence will be offered, remembering those who have lost their lives to suicide.
The event will continue if it rains; therefore, appropriate rain gear is encouraged. If weather conditions become unsafe the event will be canceled. COVID-19 mitigation procedures will be in place with social distancing and face covering or mask required.