Suicide Prevention Ride and Awareness Event
At each of our locations during the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Events we will be selling tickets for a 50/50 Drawing. The winner will be announced at the Luray location during the final program.
All proceeds from the 50/50 Drawing will be donated to the Concern Hotline.
There will be a public resource fair from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
There will be a 20 minute program starting at 11:00 am, where we will have Denise Acker from Northwestern Community Services Board; Levi Miller, and a Speaker from Concern Hotline.
There will be a public resource fair from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. At 1:00 pm we will have a short program which will wrap up our event around the area. There will also be face painting and food from El Amigo food truck.
Speakers at Each Event
Mr. Elwell, has been the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Community Services since October, 2015. Mr. Elwell oversees a staff of over 250 dedicated behavioral health professionals. Mr. Elwell has over 42 years of experience in the administration and treatment of people experience mental health, developmental and substance use disorders.
Warren County and Page County
Mandy has been employed with Northwestern Community Services Board for close to 4 years. She started in 2018 as a Peer Recovery Specialist with experience in both mental health and substance use related.
She recently moved from Peer Support to Prevention and Wellness Services. Mandy is passionate about sharing her story to encourage but also to educate others through evidence-based practices to promote prevention efforts.
Mandy is a suicide attemptie, who has overcome a life surrounded by darkness, she now gives her experience, in an effort to help raise awareness about suicide. The goal is prevention and to help others see the light at the end of the road.
Despite his passion for helping others, his favorite hat to wear, is the one he dons as a husband and a father. A unique experience that he gets to navigate as a transgender man.
Denise Acker, LPC
Shenandoah and Page County
Denise Acker, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is the Children Youth and Family Services Manager for Northwestern Community Services Board where she has been employed for 19 years.