Written and Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Bea

first_imgWritten and Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey BeasleyWhile many know about how the S-Town podcast was inspired by a man from Woodstock, you might not know how the community is responding by advocating for suicide prevention.In memory of loved ones lost to suicide, the second annual Wildflower Walk to Prevent Suicide will take place Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Woodstock Town Hall, 149 County Road 27 in Woodstock.There will be two guest speakers and QPR Institute training to teach attendees how to question, persuade and respond to warning signs. Following the training, attendees will walk to a field to plant wildflowers.“We call the flower field the forget-me-not wildflower project,” Wildflower Walk Founder Cheryl Dodson said. “And the reason why is we don’t want the people that we’ve lost to suicide to be forgotten.”Dodson founded the walk in 2017 after losing a close friend to suicide. John McLemore is best known for a now-famous podcast, S-Town, which begins with McLemore’s obsession with his hometown of Woodstock and conspiracy theories but evolves into a broader story about McLemore himself, quickly became the No. 1 podcast in America with over 90 million downloads.Following his death, Dodson said she received hundreds of letters honoring McLemore’s life from people around the world.“People message us in other states and countries that they wanted flowers planted in memory of their loved one as well,” Dodson said. “So that just became a message of hope.”Dodson said she never expected so much attention from the podcast. Even though it was a tragedy, she said there’s always good in a situation.“This was a very unexpected journey,” Dodson said. “We did not plan to take it. But out of the tragedy has become some beautiful healing and hope for everyone that’s involved.”If you or anyone you know wants to talk about preventing suicide, Dodson encourages you to text 741741 or visit asparc.org.last_img read more