Walk raises awareness of suicide prevention

Out of the Darkness Walk
Out of the Darkness Walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults in America and does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or economic status. It’s real, and it’s something that impacts West Michigan families.

Jared struggled with depression and anxiety and sought help with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. His advice to anyone struggling with anxiety and depression is to tell someone and get help.

If you know someone who is dealing with mental illness, Pine Rest recommends you ask them direct questions in a sensitive way. Don’t wait for them to bring up the topic. Show genuine concern and don’t be judgmental. Never act shocked by what they express to you.

Vicky lost her son to suicide ten years ago. She now works with the Out of the Darkness Walk to bring awareness, reduce stigma, and educate people about depression and mental illness. The Out of the Darkness Walk is Saturday, October 3, at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids. Check-in and registration are at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.afsp.donordrive.com.

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