Wichita suicide prevention group, StopSuicideICT, welcoming volunteers
A local non-profit that works to end suicide is looking to add more volunteers to the team.
"The numbers are staggering so we really want to make people aware of the resources that Wichita already has available," said founder Bailey Blair, "No one who's struggling is alone, and we need to let other people know how to support them."
The group was established two years ago when Blair and founder Nicole Fenoglio saw a need in the community.
Blair says the outreach is more simple than many might think, it simply requires time and a listening ear.
"You don't need a title, you don't need a degree to help someone through a tough time, you just need to listen and be there."
For one woman, her reason for volunteering is personal.
"I feel like if my story can help even one person, then my daughter didn't die in vain," said Naomi Daniel.
She lost her 13-year-old daughter, Madison, to suicide five years ago.
"She was the most beautiful person you ever met, but she was bullied very badly," said Daniel, "I just don't want any parents to feel the way I feel...there's a part of me that will never be filled again."
To reach out to StopSuicideICT to volunteer or learn more, click here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, self harm, or suicidal thoughts, call COMCARE Community Crisis Center at 316- 660-7500.
The center has someone available to talk 24/7 with professionals to point to other resources and provide immediate help.