The North West Community Services Commission will host a motorcycle ride and suicide prevention awareness events

WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) – September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. The North West Community Services Council, with the help of other organizations, will launch a motorcycle ride for suicide prevention this Sunday.

The ride will begin at the Front Royal Moose Lodge on John Marshall Road in Woodstock. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with crutches at 10:30 a.m. It costs $20 per bike, with all proceeds going to Concern Hotline.

Here are the numbers by county to reach the Concern Hotline:

  • Clarke, Frederick, Winchester County 540-667-0145
  • Shenandoah Co. 540-459-4742
  • Page Co. 540-743-3733
  • Warren Co. 540-635-4357

This hotline offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. If you are outside this area, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

Corialise Pence of the Community Services Board said in recent years that suicide was widespread in the area, especially among young people.

“It has become a national epidemic where people no longer see the hope that they had been, especially thanks to COVID. We just want to make sure people know there are resources out there and they’re not alone and they always have someone to turn to,” Pence explained.

You can get a scripted patch, t-shirt and wristband, while supplies last. Runners start in Warren County and then finish in Page County. There will be food and water stops along the way. The ride ends at Luray High School Bulldog Stadium.

If you don’t ride a motorcycle, but want to show your support, there will be other suicide prevention and awareness events in the area.

  • Front Royal Moose Lodge 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • New Market (9184 John Sevier Road) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Luray (740 US -340) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

50/50 raffle tickets will also be available at all event locations.

For more information on events or the North West Community Service Commission, click here.

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