The Backyard works with Waco VA to host suicide prevention event - KXXV Central Texas News Now

The Backyard works with Waco VA to host suicide prevention event

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The rain wasn't enough to wash away a suicide prevention event at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill on Sunday.

The free event started at noon and went on until 8 p.m.

The Waco VA worked with The Backyard to set up the event in hopes of bringing more resources to those who may be struggling.

Waco VA staff and counselors from Central Texas Veterans Health Care System were there to assist with questions, resources, information and enrollment.

Claims staff from the Waco VA Regional office were also available to review and file claims for service-connected disabilities on site.

Other veteran organizations like the Veterans One Stop and REACH Therapeutic Riding Center also showed up for the event.

"When suicide seems like it's the only option, we want to remind folks that there are people that care right now. It doesn't feel like that for them, but it's true," said Ruth Cassidy, lead suicide prevention coordinator with Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

VA staff and counselors from Central Texas Veterans Health Care System will assist with questions, resources, information and enrollment. Claims staff from the Waco VA Regional office will be available to answer questions, review and file claims for service-connected disabilities on site.

Brian Brown is the co-owner of The Backyard. He said it was important for him to work with the Waco VA since he has a personal connection to the event.

"I jumped at the chance when they approached us," Brown said. "I lost a brother to suicide. I've lost some friends to suicide. I've got some vet buddies, great, dear friends of mine that are struggling, as we speak, with depression and PTSD. It's really near and dear to my heart."

Seven local bands played throughout the event, donating their time for a good cause.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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