Motivational speaker Jeff Yalden to speak on suicide at Crestwood
Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:33pm admin
CRESCO - The family and friends of Kyler Bina, who lost him to suicide on April 17, 2017, have brought motivational speaker and mental health professional Jeff Yalden to Cresco. He will answer questions about teen depression and suicide at Crestwood High School for students at 12:45 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. for the public.
In addition, he is scheduled to attend the Crestwood football game and walk with the Bina family at the Third Annual Step Up Reach Out Suicide Awareness Walk on Saturday in Decorah. The walk will begin at the Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health (NEIBH) building at 305 Montgomery St., with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10.
Yalden has addressed over 4,000 audiences. He will talk about his own depression and thoughts of suicide, when he was younger.
Kyler’s parents, Becky and Mike, put up the first $1,000, with Mike’s employer, Windstream and the high school also giving money toward Yalden. The couple raised over $6,000 by selling “Kyler’s Cause” T-shirts. All proceeds will be going toward suicide prevention and awareness programs at NEIBH.
According to its Facebook page, the walk will go along Decorah’s Trout Run Trail. “This event allows friends, families, businesses and organizations throughout our communities to take an active role in suicide prevention. This walk will not only be a symbol of support for those who are struggling but also an opportunity to share stories and remember our loved ones who have died by suicide.”
A free-will donation is encouraged to help with programs. “Together, we can help families and friends assist those who need help.”
Becky said, of getting Yalden to speak, ”Suicide can be an epidemic, where there’s one....there are two etc. I don't want any family to know this pain!”