WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - “Many people aren't aware that suicides in Wichita and Sedgwick County are actually higher than the national average,” said Nicole Fenoglio, the founder and president of Stop Suicide ICT. 

Nicole Fenoglio saw the need in her community for a suicide prevention resource in 2018 and so she founded Stop Suicide ICT. 

“So our primary purpose is to provide training and awareness. So we do that through providing a variety of different one hour training courses, to schools, to businesses, to other nonprofit organizations and to medical and mental health professionals to help them all be able to recognize the warning signs, to be comfortable asking someone if they're having suicidal thoughts, to know what to do if they say yes and to know what the resources are available,” said Fenoglio. 

They also provide free training to the community as well which organizers say is very rewarding.

Nathan Engles is one of the organizers and the fundraising coordinator at Stop Suicide ICT. 

“To actually get out into the community and meet people who have struggled with this and hear their stories has just been life changing. So the work that this organization does with training people in the community, spreading hope and creating hope is very powerful,” said Engles. 

But tonight they are getting ready to host their 7th annual Party for Prevention fundraising gala. 

“Tonight is all about partying, spreading hope and promoting prevention,” said Engles.

“So this year, our theme is advocacy, and our speakers are all going to share how they have turned their personal loss into advocacy work to make changes in their own community,” said Fenoglio. 

The gala will offer dinner, DJ entertainment, multiple key speakers, and raffles. 

“We hope that people are able to come out, you know, and have a good time. Sometimes it's hard when it's such a serious subject. People struggle with, you know, how they're supposed to act or if it's okay to have fun and it is, you know, we work really hard to do this. And we know that at the end of the day, there's hope and we want to celebrate the hope, not just the sadness,” said Fenoglio.