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La Crosse Suicide Prevention Initiative Hosting Virtual Dance for Hope this weekend.

The La Crosse Suicide Prevention Initiative is holding their annual event on Saturday to spread awareness, hope, and support regarding suicide.

Tracy Ballzer

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The La Crosse Suicide Prevention Initiative is committed to promoting awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable and increasing awareness about suicide prevention throughout the greater La Crosse community.

This Saturday, they’re presenting a Virtual event with recorded pieces by local dance groups, show choirs, dance teams and dance studios. The event is an effort to spread awareness, hope and support regarding suicide. Z93 spoke with Board Member, Deb Mahr, about what to expect.

“Dance for Hope is a fun event. We’ve definitely seen an increase in suicides and people dealing with mental health because they’re isolated. We need to get the word out that you’re not alone.”

There will be performances posted and messages shared online with a virtual Facebook event from 10am to 2 pm. For those participating in the event (sharing and commenting) you will have a chance to win prize baskets.

Some groups who will be sharing videos include:

  • La Crosse Hmong Dance Team
  • Viterbo Show Choir
  • Aquinas Dance Team
  • YMCA Dance Program
  • Logan Dance Team
  • Amanda’s Dance Academy
  • La Crosse Dance Center

You can find more info on The La Crosse Suicide Prevention Initiative HERE.

If you, or someone you know is struggling right now, please reach out for help. You Matter!

PLEASE CALL 911 or 211 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, text the Hopeline at 839863 or contact the Suicide Prevention lifeline at WWW.SUICIDEPREVENTIONLIFELINE.ORG

Chat online or via phone with Great Rivers 211 HERE.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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