ALPENA, Mich.– The Alpena Partners in Prevention held a walk for suicide prevention awareness Saturday.
The walk served not just as a fundraiser, but also as an awareness event and chance to express solidarity between families who had lost someone to suicide.
The path started at bay view park and was about two miles long.
Organizer Mary Schalk said one of the most important things for suicide prevention is removing the taboo around the subject.
“We know how many people in the community do have a personal connection with suicide.” Schalk said, “It’s not something we talk about often, but nearly everyone knows somebody that they care about who has taken their life. And so we need to make it easier to talk about and okay to talk about, so we can offer support to those people who are hurting.”
The walk also had morning snacks to emphasize the importance of self care.
If you are dealing with suicidal ideation, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255.