In the Dallas area last year, more than 500 people lost their lives to suicide. Their deaths will be acknowledged and their lives remembered at an annual Suicide Awareness Month event Sept. 21 at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture. To represent the sobering enormity of that number, 500 pairs of shoes will be on display.


“We do this every year to let people know that suicide is not a thing of the past in our community,” says Margie Wright, Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition co-chair and executive director of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, in a press release.


“With the famous suicides we have had in the past year — fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain — we all come together in the hopes that a little bit of knowledge will go a long way in preventing future suicide attempts. One life lost is one too many.”


Wright will speak at the event, which begins at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition. Other speakers include Ryan Waller, an assistant rector at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, and other North Texas residents whose lives have been impacted by suicide.


The event will take place in the Restoration Room on the fourth floor of the museum, which is located at 100 S. Houston St. For more information, call 214-824-7020.