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Family Farm Uses Fall Tradition to Share Message of Hope

A Wisconsin farm is using its annual corn maze to share a suicide prevention message. See why the cause is personal.

A family in Wisconsin is using a corn maze on their farm to share an important message, and hopefully spark some change.

As John and Julie Govin prepared for the upcoming fall festival season, they realized the maze was a chance to share a message of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The couple told WQOW 18 they recently lost a family member to suicide .

So this fall, the maze shares the message, "Your life matters" and the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK).

John Govin said it felt risky to share such a personal message, at a time when people are coming to the Menomonie, WI farm to celebrate the fall season.

"Fall is a fun time," Govin told WQOW. "You're really celebrating a harvest, you're celebrating everything that was good all summer long. And then to choose to do something like this - is it gonna drive people to your farm, or is it gonna drive them away?"

In past years, the maze's design has been used to celebrate the Green Bay Packers, the Boy Scouts of America and country music star Garth Brooks.

But the Govins decided it was worth it to take the risk, if the message is able to bring just one person comfort or save a life.

The maze and festival will also have an anti-bullying section in addition to the suicide prevention message.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255 .

Photos source: Govin's Meats & Berries on Facebook .

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