Baxter Regional Behavioral Health sponsors an annual Project Semicolon Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Art Contest, and although it could not be held at the hospital this year,
it was a smaller scale competition in partnership with the Viola High
School Art Department. Students were given the opportunity to compete
for prizes from Baxter Regional with their submissions based on suicide
Project Semicolon Art Contest Winners with Viola High School art teacher
Sharmin Jennings. Baxter Regional Behavioral Health thanks Viola School
District for being proactive in educating their students on the important
and necessary topic of suicide.
On September 18, Jodi Leeker, LCSW, Baxter Regional Behavioral Health Program
Director, spoke to students at Viola High School about the importance
of talking to someone and breaking the stigma of suicide and self-harm.
Sayde Waltrip, a sophomore at Viola High School won first place and was
presented with a $50 gift card.
Katelyn Perryman, a junior, was the $25 second place winner.
Kaylee Koons, a senior, was the $15 third place winner.
Kaylee’s piece focused not only on the Project Semicolon, but also
I’ve Got Your 6 (IGY6), an organization bringing awareness to the
high rate of suicide among current and former military.
“I plan to continue this project every year, until adults and students
are no longer afraid to ask for help. Suicide is something that has affected
our lives, and anything I can do to bring awareness to the problem, I
will do,” said Sharmin Jennings, art teacher at Viola High School.
Baxter Regional is proud to sponsor this meaningful program and plans to
continue their support in the years to come.