Monrovia Mayor Maryann Lutz, seventh from right, and March4Balance Campaign Coordinator, Ulises Guitierrez, far right, join members of the March4Balance task force to show the March 4 City Council proclamation that kicked off the campaign.
March 14, 2014 — Monrovia Healing Connections, a task force of community members, City officials, students and Monrovia Unified School District staff, is currently presenting March4Balance, a series of community outreach and educational events to raise awareness of suicide prevention and related mental health issues.
Through March 23, task force members are visiting service clubs, teen commissions, churches, and other community-based gatherings to give a short presentation on suicide awareness, talk about what is being done in Monrovia to aid and support those dealing with emotional and psychological issues, and provide a brochure listing tools and resources.
In Monrovia, March4Balance task force members hand
"Over the past four years, we have lost five Monrovians under the age of 24 to suicide, " says Ulises Gutierrez, March4Balance campaign coordinator. "We can't all be mental health professionals, but all of us should learn how to respond when someone needs help.
"Our goal is to get all community members trained on how to recognize and respond to people who are suffering and in danger of harming themselves."
The campaign will end on Tuesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. with a community rally in Monrovia Library Park. We invite our local community to join us.