GENESEO — The Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force and CASA-Trinity, Inc. are hosting a candlelight vigil to coincide with two global events – World Suicide Prevention Day and International Overdose Awareness Day.

The free event is open to the public and will honor loved ones lost to suicide and overdose. It will include guest speakers, testimonials, and the lighting of candles as a symbol of hope and reflection. Details are provided below: The 5th Annual Candlelight Vigil is Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. hosted by CASA-Trinity, Inc., 4612 Millennium Drive, Geneseo, NY 14454.

Lynne Mignemi, Director of the Livingston County Probation Department and Chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, said, “We want the community to know that we care deeply about the loss of loved ones to suicide and overdose. Those left behind often suffer in silence. They need support and an opportunity to openly mourn. The vigil provides a way to do that without judgement.”

Since the inception of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Livingston County has experienced a significant reduction in suicide deaths. In 2013, the county had the highest suicide rate – 15 per 100,000 people – among the nine counties in the Finger Lakes region, according to the New York State Department of Health. Currently, the rate is 9.3 per 100,000 people, which indicates that Livingston County now has one of the lowest suicide rates in the region.

To learn more about CASA-Trinity, Inc., call 585-991-5012.