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5 steps to helping someone in a mental health crisis

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), there were 49,449 deaths by suicide in 2022. In 2021, there were 1.7 million suicide attempts reported by the CDC. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP) and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline suggest five steps to help support those considering suicide. 



MINNETRISTA

Minnetrista Garden Fair

Minnetrista is holding a free Garden Fair today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as having it on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the available activities include live music, food, a beer and wine garden, selfie stations, local vendors and more. “This is definitely one of the bigger events that we hold,” Lindsey Horan, vice president of community engagement said. 



Sam McCollum holds a sign while he listens to speakers at Muncie OUTreach's "We Are In This Together. A gathering of support" event March 31 at the Muncie Courthouse.  Hannah Amos, DN
INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY

Vocal members of Muncie community gather at city courthouse for International Transgender Day of Visibility rally

Nearly 100 people, such as those in the trans community, as well as allies and supporters including political figures such as State Representative Sue Errington, gathered at the courthouse in downtown Muncie at 5 p.m. March 31 for a rally to bring attention to International Transgender Day of Visibility. 



LIFESTYLES

Muncie's Spiritual Side

The spiritual arts are alive and well in Muncie, and three women share their experience, abilities, and their journeys to discover themselves and how to contribute to the world around them.



A guest pets Jason Michael's 3-year-old Cuban rock iguana on Sunday, Sept. 10. Alex Bracken, DN
LIFESTYLES

The World of Exotic Animals

Ron Billingsley hosted the Indiana Exotic Pet Expo on Sept. 25, and will host the next one on Nov. 27. Several members of the Muncie exotic pet community share their stories and what the community means to them.


LIFESTYLES

Day of a Thousand Bulbs

The East Central Neighborhood Association arranged for volunteers to plant flowers in a couple of spots downtown. Take a look at the members of the Muncie community during this beautification effort.


Ivy Tech's mascot, Roadrunner, makes an appearance for some photo shoots with some Muncie locals and their furry friends in Muncie on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Ashton Connelly, DN
COMMUNITY

Building the Bridge

After two years of cancellations, the Muncie Bridge Dinner returned Thursday. The event, held on the Washington Street bridge in Muncie, attracted members of the community, including Muncie locals and Ball State University students.







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