Saturday, October 5th the ROC in St. Louis Park will host the 2nd Annual “Shout Out Loud” Suicide Prevention and Resource Awareness event. The day will feature local artists, carnival games, beer garden and live music from The Big Wu, Devine Collection, and Jill & The New Grüv.
In 2014, Shout it Out Loud co-founder Laura Dizon lost her brother Aaron, who was a chef, artist, musician, and extensive supporter of the Minnesota music scene. In honor of her brother, Laura co-founded the project to help others in similar situations get the help they need and the support they deserve.
This year’s proceeds will go to The Prairie Child Care and Family Fund, a charitable organization established in 2016 which has already granted $360,000 to local schools, helping support education, services, and research.
[Mental illness] It does not discriminate. Every single person, no matter their age, race, where they are living, or where they came from, knows someone who is affected by mental illness.Laura Dizon
The day’s activities will include music, beer garden, local artists, and educational activities to let children know that they are not alone.
Please come out and support this great cause, as I too have struggled with mental illness and understand the thin line between laughter and despair.
The biggest thing isn’t about the money. It is about letting everyone know that there are people and resources out there to help them. And let them know that they are not aloneLaura Dizon
Suicide isn’t about what is seen on the outside… it’s about the overwhelming storm on the inside. What we can do about it as a community is fund our prevention and treatment programs. We can SHOUT OUT LOUD about our difficulties controlling stress, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse. And we can ask for help – we can listen to one another and recommend treatment… and
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL WELLNESS WITH OUR CHILDREN!