2nd Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk/Run

Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk, May 20 2017

Join us for the 2nd Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk on May 20, 2017 at Pine Park in Balsam Lake.

Last September, 500 people participated in the Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk, and another 300 people made donations in support of our fundraising teams. More than 60 area businesses and organizations sponsored this event. Together, we raised more than $30,000 for mental health awareness and suicide prevention!

We look forward to another great event in 2017, raising money and awareness for suicide prevention in Polk County! All proceeds benefit the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County and their youth suicide prevention programs, such as Question, Persuade, Refer training, and Polk County YScreen, an emotional health screening program for high school freshman. Go to mentalhealthpolk.org for more information.

We Walk to Raise Money for Suicide Awareness

The Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk  features a 5K walk, survivor memorials, mental health resources, a program, entertainment and more. All proceeds raised benefit the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County and their work to raise awareness for mental health and services in our community.

Event Details

Date:  Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location:  Pine Park, Balsam Lake, WI
Time:  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Program 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Walk begins at 9 a.m.
Cost:  Individual Registration is $10.

Run to Raise Money for Suicide Awareness

New in 2017! We’ve added a non-competitive run to this year’s event. Runners simply Register as an individual participant and be prepared to for your 5K run on May 20!

For more information on the Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk, contact Tristan Divine at tristan.jvolgren@gmail.com or 715.553.1333.

Special Message from Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy!

We are excited to announce that this year’s event will feature a video taped, special message from Tony Dungy!  Tony played for the Minnesota Gophers in college, was a defensive back in the National Football League and coached in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts, leading the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007. A New York Times bestselling author, Tony works as an NFL analyst for NBC Sports.

Registration Information

Register now for the 2nd Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk/Run! There are 4 great ways  to participate in our event, you can register as an individual walker or runner, start a fundraising team, donate to a team or, make a general event donation:

Start a Fundraising Page – Create a custom fundraising page that allows you the chance to ask for donations from your family, friends, co-workers and social media network.

Donate to a Fundraising Page  – If you are looking to support someone who has a fundraising page for the event, click on the link below and search for the team or individual fundraiser.

Register as an Individual Walker/Runner  – click on the link below to register you and your friends and family for the event. Cost is $10 per person, kids 12 and under are free! If you would like to register under a fundraising team, click on “credit my registration to a fundraising team.”

Donate to the Event  – Can’t join us and would like to make a donation in support of the PCSAW? Click on the donation button below to get started.

Memorial Signs

Once again, memorial signs are available to honor loved ones lost to suicide and are on display during the Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk. The signs feature a picture, name, dates of birth and death, plus a reflection of the interest (sports, travel, etc) of your family member, friend or someone special. Cost is $50. To place your order, send a jpeg or PDF photo, dates of birth and death, plus any interests or hobbies your loved one had to Tristan Divine at tristan.jvolgren@gmail.com.

About The Event

After her son Jordan died by suicide on August 19th, Tristan Divine decided to create a Team in memory of Jordan and participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk that was held in September, 2015 at the Mall of America. Tristan’s team raised almost $7,000 in just 3 weeks! She decided after that walk to keep the money they raised for suicide prevention in Jordan’s memory local. So Tristan, leading a group of volunteers, decided to start a walk in Polk County. Her goal is to help bring awareness to our own community and bring awareness into our schools and give the kids an outlet to encourage positive emotional health! Tristan’s goal is to all come together as a community and raise enough money to spread awareness across our county and neighboring counties.

Thank to the businesses, individuals and organizations who have sponsored the first annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk!