Since 2009, Winnebago County has averaged 40 suicides a year. After watching his son lose three classmates to the disease, Kevin Polky founded the group Shatter Our Silence to help prevent young adults from taking the own lives. He joins Eyewitness News Anchors Emily Waldron and Jay Leonardi on set to discuss tonight’s event at Rockford University’s Maddox Theater.

Starting at 5:00 PM, community members are invited to “Artists Out of Ashes,” a free art performance where local artists share their stories of healing. 

Speakers will touch on the rise of suicide in the Stateline, and across the country, and will encourage attendees to have real conversations with young adults about depression and suicide.

For more information visit  or head to to watch a Facebook Live with Kevin Polky.