DCSO presents donation from NoShaveNov

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office presents donation from #NoShave November contest to Suicide Prevention Network
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office presents donation from #NoShave November contest to Suicide Prevention NetworkThe conclusion of the month long #NoShaveNovember fundraiser contest has finally come. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) narrowed the winning contestants down to three contenders. Trish Hamilton who lost her son Dalton Warswick to suicide in September of 2019 and Debbie Posnien, Director of Suicide Prevention Network were invited to make the final judgement. Rick Kootz Sr. was selected as the overall winner and Rick Kootz Jr. received the ‘Baby Face’ Trophy.

Each participant, judge and beard-grower, paid an entry fee to join in. Those fees were collected and totaled just over $3,672 which Sheriff Coverley presented to Suicide Prevention Network (SPN).

The goal was to hold a fun-fundraiser to highlight, appreciate and support the impactful work Suicide Prevention Network provides families and individuals within our community. Following the judging Trish Hamilton spoke about the direct impact the campaign had on her after recently losing her son who attended both Whittell and Douglas County High Schools.

“This is really affecting a lot of young people in our community,” said Trish Hamilton. “This is something I didn’t ever imagine that I would have to deal with, and the fact that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was willing to lose the stigma and talk about this, gave me so much relief.”

Suicide Prevention Network is a non-profit agency in Douglas County dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through support, education, and advocacy. They provide help in a confidential environment, free of charge. They offer services both in the Valley and up at the Lake.

“The collaboration with DCSO is of the up most importance, knowing that Suicide Prevention Network is not alone has been huge, especially over that last few weeks where we have seen an uptick in suicides,” said Debbie Posnien. “Knowing that our officers feel compassion and support for these families and that they are not alone means so much.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Suicide Prevention Network and Trish Hamilton who is now advocating for suicide prevention would like to remind the community that there is help and resources available through Suicide Prevention Network and the resources they provide.
Visit https://www.spnawareness.org/ to learn more.