Prayer March Planned For Suicide Awareness Month

Victory Bridge as seen from Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Bridge (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Victory Bridge as seen from Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Bridge (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

PERTH AMBOY — The Perth Amboy Police Chaplain Corps will hold a prayer awareness march on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. for suicide awareness month and crisis intervention. The march will begin in Perth Amboy and will gather in the middle of the Victory Bridge.

“I want to thank the Police Chaplain Corps for organizing such a movement, as we gather to memorialize and raise awareness about suicide and especially prevention. Let us not forget that this is the Victory Bridge and we stand for nothing less than victory,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.

Diaz will be joined by Monsignor John Gordon, chief commander of the Perth Amboy Police Chaplain Corps; Susan Fasano, director of programs of Contact We Care, a partner of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline; Mayor Fred Henry of South Amboy; local dignitaries and local clergy.

“Suicide is a preventable tragedy, yet the statistics surrounding suicide tell us we have so much work to do,” Fasano said. “Our volunteers help prevent these stats. Research shows a decreased state of crisis and hopelessness during and following calls to crisis hotlines. We listen to callers at risk of suicide when maybe no one else will.”

Parking will be available on Riverview Drive in Perth Amboy. One lane of the bridge will be closed, south bound. The ceremony will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For additional information, contact the Perth Amboy Police Department Chaplain Corps at 1-732-324–3841. This event has been made possible by the City of Perth Amboy, the Perth Amboy Police Chaplain Corps and local houses of worship.

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