Memorial in Carmel pays tribute to those who died by suicide
A first-of-its-kind memorial is paying tribute to those who died by suicide in the region.
Lucille and Roy Ettere, whose daughter Nicole died by suicide, spearheaded the Garden of Remembrance, which recognizes lives lost to suicide.
It now rests outside of the Putnam County Office Building in Carmel.
September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and advocates want the state to do more on this issue. They are calling on state leaders to pass a bill that would create Nicole's law.
The bill named after Nicole Ettere would create a red-flag system for those hospitalized after attempting suicide and connect them and their families with resources.
"Mental health issues, substance abuse disorders are no different than diabetes and heart disease, the only difference is that society has given them a negative connotation," says Sen. Pete Harckham.
The Etteres hope more remembrance gardens will be planted across the state.
"Love doesn't die, people do, so when all is left of me is love, give me away," says Lucille Ettere.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
To donate to to future remembrance gardens, click here. When donating, indicate the Nicole Ettere Remembrance Garden Projects,