By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This tragic statistic strikes close to home for the Teubert family of Lester Prairie, who lost Shelly Teubert in January.
Shelly, the daughter of John and Mary Ann Teubert, was known as an “outgoing and bubbly” person, with a “contagious smile that could light up a room.”
She graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1991, and earned a practical nursing degree in 1998, and a registered nursing degree in 2002.
Most of her career was spent as the nurse manager at the Hutchinson Health Inpatient Mental Health Unit in Hutchinson. She also worked at area hospice and home health care agencies, and was honored to care for others.
After Shelly passed away, the graduating class of 1991 provided the Teubert family with memorial money. The family used the money to purchase youth curriculum for suicide prevention and mental health awareness, and recently donated the material to Lester Prairie Schools.
“It will be used in our health curriculum,” Lester Prairie School guidance counselor Christine Mattson said.
Mattson said this is the first time Lester Prairie has had a comprehensive curriculum like this. In previous years, mental health lessons were more limited to what is in the health textbooks.
This new curriculum, called Linking Education and Awareness for Depression and Suicide (LEADS), includes a teacher’s guide, group and individual activities, suicide prevention resources, and a template for a school suicide crisis management plan.
LEADS was created through Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), which has a long history of working with Minnesota schools to prevent youth suicide.
Suicide prevention walk Sept. 17
The Teubert family is working with SAVE to organize a suicide prevention walk Sunday, Sept. 17 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Doors open at noon, and a 20-lap walk with other special events will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
Music will be provided by Chopper, “the world’s nuttiest DJ,” and speakers will include SAVE Executive Director Dan Reindenberg and Dan Hanson of Wounded Warriors.
There will also be a kids’ fun zone, silent auction, a resource fair, and refreshments.
Pre-registration entry fees are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, or $50 for a family.
At the door, registration is $20 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under, or $60 per family.
“With SAVE, a large portion of the money stays local,” said Shelly’s sister, Tammy Diehn.
To sponsor, volunteer, or get more information about this event, contact Tammy at email@example.com.