KCHA grant supports suicide awareness
The Kaukauna Community Health Associates recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1,200 to the Center for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna. According to Barb Bigalke, center executive director, right, the funds will be used to replenish or replace educational materials, such as HOPE kits, posters, yard signs, pamphlets, and buttons, for Kaukauna schools and the Kaukauna Police Department. With Bigalke is Mellissa Hansen, KCHA president, left. Adults and young people alike are experiencing fear, loneliness and isolation during the COVID 19 pandemic and, as a result, the number of contacts to the HOPELINETM Text Line has increased substantially. Persons texting HOPELINETM to 741741 will receive free 24/7 emotional support and information they need to deal with any kind of situation. The suicide prevention and education center was started by Bigalke in Kaukauna in 2014 and now is statewide. Please reach out to them if you feel the need for their services.