In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, the Dodge City High School, along with Compass Behavioral Health and other community organizations, held the 3rd annual yellow balloon release on Thursday.

The event is to honor the memory of those who have been lost.

"It is also a time to help those struggling with depression, give them hope and let them know the community is here to help them get through it," Compass program supervisor Richard Falcon said. "It starts in the community and tells them we will not be silent for them anymore.

"We have to come together to help them."

One of the organizations within the high school is the Talk, Acknowledge, Listen, Care group.

"It started 2 years ago," DCHS senior and TALC organizer Greg Valdez said. "Teens came together who realized suicide and depression was an issue that needed to be addressed.

"We come together to support everyone as much as we can and see what we can do to help."

Valdez added that TALC holds a Hero Day, where students sign up and spend a full day talking with the group to give them the support system that is needed.

"It is more of a family group," Valdez said. "The more students get involved with the community, with the school, we can all support each other."

TALC is also involved with the Suicide Coalition and other groups throughout the community.

"TALC is doing great things at the high school and the community," Falcon said. "They are very active and have received recognition at the state and national levels."

Suicide Prevention Week started on Sept. 10 and will conclude on Sept. 16.

Today's event is called Do a Good Deed where everyone is asked to call a friend, or leave a note for a co-worker, smile at a stranger or take someone out to lunch to boost someone's day who may need it.

On Saturday the 4th annual alive and running 5K walk/run will be at 7 a.m. at the Dodge City YMCA.

On Sunday an Hour of Remembrance will be held at the Dodge City Church of the Nazarene at 3 p.m. to remember those who have been lost too early.

Area businesses and schools also have chalk art displays with positive messages.

To register for the 5K call Compass Behavioral Health at 620-227-8566.

To show support for the remaining days, purple and turquoise ribbons are suggested to show support and awareness of suicide prevention.

The yellow ribbons show the support for the Yellow Ribbon Project for suicide prevention.

For more information on TALC, contact Valdez at gregorio196457@443mail.org.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com