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Rainbows and acceptance

A party with something to celebrate

Rainbows, families and an overarching feeling of community filled two blocks of downtown Quincy this past weekend as the Plumas County’s Gay Straight Alliance held its first LGBTQ Pride event. And people from across the county and beyond turned out for the celebration!

The festivities got underway with a block party in Grover Alley behind Main Street and continued the next day with a parade and a host of events around the courthouse. The bright blue sky was the perfect backdrop for the kaleidoscope of colors in the floats, the banners cascading down buildings, the decorations on storefronts, as well as on the clothing worn by performers and the attendees. The rainbow is the symbol of the LGBTQ community and it was on display.

Families pushing kids in strollers, teens and adults came together to promote love and acceptance for all. It was a block party unlike any other ever held locally and speaks to the evolving dynamic of the county.

We are proud to live in a community that is made up of an assortment of people, each unique in their own way, but who accept one another and help make this such a special place to live.

Another night, another vigil
Promoting suicide prevention awareness

Earlier in the week, residents were invited to participate in a walk from Feather River College to Dame Shirley Plaza as part of recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss are left in the dark, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

Know the signs

Pain isn’t always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. The signs may appear in conversations, through their actions or in social media posts. If you observe one or more of these warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change, step in or speak up.

Talking about wanting to die or suicide.

Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun.

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or trapped.

Giving away possessions.

Putting affairs in order.

Reckless behavior.

Uncontrolled anger.

Increased drug or alcohol use.

Withdrawal.

Anxiety or agitation.

Changes in sleep.

Sudden Mood changes.

No sense of purpose.

Find the words

It’s difficult asking a loved one or friend if they are thinking of ending their life, but when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important.

If you are concerned about someone, don’t hesitate. Visit suicideispreventable.org to learn how to get the conversation started and to learn what not to say.

Reach out

If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up; however, you don’t need to do it alone. Reach out for help and find local resources or 24/7 training counselors at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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