Yellow Ribbon Week
19th Annual Yellow Ribbon Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week (also known as “National Suicide Prevention Week”) September 4-10, 2016
Get proclamations declaring suicide week in your area:
Contact the Mayor’s/Governor’s office and request that September 7-13, 2015 be proclaimed as your city’s/state’s Yellow Ribbon Youth Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention Week and arrange press coverage. See proclamations for CITIES, STATES and the proclamation draft letter you may use to create your letter to your local/state official. Locations of world-wide events – will be posted as we receive them. To enable those who want to attend activities in areas world-wide, please email us with your location/event list, pictures and stories of your prevention week activities. They will be posted on this website. (If you do not want them posted in web, please let us know).
We invite you to develop prevention week activities locally, please feel free to use these ideas!
- Hold a ‘Walk for Life’, ‘Run for Life’, ‘Ride for Life’ a ‘Memory Ceremony’
- Release ‘bubbles, balloons, doves or butterflies’. Hold a candle lighting memorial. Contact local support groups to let them know about the YR Week. Invite them to events, especially the candle lighting and/or memorial events.
- Contact local schools and universities, service groups and agencies to offer to help make cards and yellow ribbon available.
- Offer to place large Yellow Ribbons on school doors, office doors church doors and youth center doors. Offer to make posters and flyers.
- Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper and contact your local Radio/TV stations emphasizing the epidemic level of youth suicide in the U.S.Have an open house or other activity to promote your services and participation in the community. (If you are a service provider agency)
- Help make cards available to public locations: schools, churches, hospitals, businesses, libraries, banks, clubs and service organizations.
- Get ribbon from craft stores and cut small lapel ribbons (in the design of the ones on the cards) to distribute before and at your events.
The Yellow Ribbon is the symbol of Suicide Awareness and Prevention, and for Survivors world-wide!