13 Reasons takes mental health virtual

13 Reasons to Fly SEK will continue Saturday in a virtual format. The event is dedicated to suicide prevention education for youth and communities at large.

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November 12, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Sharla Miller, right, stands with Isabelle Cole, founder of the national 13 Reasons to Fly movement, outside Wesley United Methodist Church during Cole’s visit to Iola last year. Courtesy photo

About a month ago, Sharla Miller was scrambling. She knew she needed to do something; the response from last year’s “13 Reasons to Fly SEK” conference had been too positive to ignore. Yet the pandemic kept closing doors, making event spaces impossible to reserve and speakers hesitant to commit.

So Miller reached out to her friend Jodi Grover, a former Iola High School counselor who is now the chief operating officer of VIBE Interactive, a digital company based in Ottawa that focuses on student mental health and social and emotional learning. Grover assured her they could do an event virtually.

And here they are: Over 110 people have already registered for a second year of “13 Reasons to Fly SEK,” an event dedicated to suicide prevention education for youth and communities at large, which will occur this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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