LITTLE FALLS, NY – The Fir TreesThe annual Christopher Newtown Memorial Golf Tournament took place this afternoon at the MV Golf and Event Center in Little Falls. Over 140 people played to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
Christopher Newtown was a high school student in the Central Valley School District. In October, he committed suicide. His family wanted to honor his memory with today’s golf tournament.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about mental health and that’s one of the ways we have to choose to do that,” Christopher’s father, Carmen Newtown, said. “He was an avid golfer, he and I played three or four times a week.”
Catholic Charities of Herkimer County sponsored the event. The tournament raised over $10,000 and donated all proceeds to help those in need.
“(We will) bring more suicide prevention programs and more mental health programs to school districts across the region and to our region as a whole,” Catholic Charities Director Melissa Snyder said.
“Today was his 16th birthday. It’s tough, but again, if we can help a family with awareness, knowledge and support, that’s what we’re here for.” , Newtown said.
Mental health may not be an easy topic to talk about. Events like these can help spark conversation and save lives.
“There’s no stereotypical answer to who affects mental health and that’s one of the most important things we try to bring out, there’s not a certain person you can tell whether she has mental health issues or not,” Newtown said.