Fabian Wyatt, left, and husband Mike Wyatt embrace their daughter Veronica Mumm with granddaughter Danica Mumm, 4, looking on after drawing on the “Nobody Rides Alone” community art canvas during the Out of Darkness Walk Saturday at Whitney Commons Park. Veronica Mumm attempted to take her own life at age 17.
While undergoing treatment, she participated in an art camp that was to create a colorful mural on the back of the Carroll’s Furniture building on Brooks Street. When they arrived on the project site she was told she wasn’t allowed to contribute. “I was told that I would be a bad influence on the others,” Mumm said. “I was devastated.” The incident highlighted the stigma suffered by those who attempt suicide.
Fourteen years later at the Suicide Prevention Coalition event Mumm drew on the community art canvas the same butterfly that she had intended to paint on mural with the words: “I finally got my chance to fly.”