40 Days of Kindness Challenges Jefferson County to Prevent Suicides

April 13, 2018


Have you been kind today? Do you know anyone who hasn’t felt happy in a long time?

If you live in Jefferson County, a group of positive thinkers have announced the launch of a ’40 Days of Kindness Challenge’ to you

This six-week challenge, being put on by The Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County is challenging people to be kind to oneself and others since it began last week. The challenge will end on Saturday, May 12.

A core team of 12 Jefferson County community members including Laurie Gerdt, with Zero Suicide, for the past  nine months have constructed a plan to address the high  rate of suicide in the county.

This team is built with representatives from LifeSprings, Centerstone, Madison Consolidated High School, Southwestern Schools, Hanover College, Ivy Tech Community College, King’s Daughters’ Health, the National Association for Mental Illness, and the faith-based community.

The team developed a core plan including Training, Community Awareness/Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health which includes the 40 day challenge.

Activities created for the challenge can be found on the Healthy Communities for Jefferson County’s Facebook page.

Free training courses are available for the community on Mental Health First Aid which is an all day training course that teaches individuals how to help someone dealing with mental health problems and or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Training will be offered on Thursday, May 3rd and Tuesday, May 22nd at Ivy Tech Community College.

To register, call or email Madonna Wilson at 812-801-0555 (wilsonm@kdhmadison.org).

The Kindness Challenge is centered around the book “A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others” by Lisa Barrickman.

Ms. Barrickman will be in Madison on Friday, May 11th speaking at Kindness Rallies at Southwestern High School, Shawe Memorial High School, and Madison Junior High School.

Their will be a Meet the Author/Book Signing hosted by Hanover College at the Lynn Fine Arts Center from 7-9pm which is free and open to the public.

The community is asked to promote the challenge throughout their social media postings, on the signage of area business and churches expressing a kindness message and in their daily interactions.

For more information on the Zero Suicide Initiative Plan for Jefferson County, contact Carri Dirksen at dirksenc@kdhmadison.org.