Pleasantville parents organize suicide awareness walk after losing sonPosted: Updated:
Two Pleasantville parents organized a suicide prevention walk at Pleasantville High School on Sunday morning after losing their son to suicide.
Brian and Jolina Halloran founded the Break the Hold Foundation after their 19-year-old son Brian T. Halloran took his life in January 2018. Their foundation aims to establish mental health education in school systems.
Through their foundation, the family held the "Into the Light Walk" at Pleasantville High School to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention in the community.
At the walk, participants released 19 lanterns into the dawn sky in remembrance of the 19 years Brian had lived.
Brian’s father says the idea behind the lanterns is to symbolize moving out of the darkness and into the light.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 34. Within that same age group, 90% of victims showed symptoms of a mental health condition.
The Halloran family hopes that this walk and their foundation will help families recognize the signs of mental illness and bring people out of the darkness.