St. Cloud Hosts First Suicide Prevention Walk
Steven Coursolle | Oct 2, 2018 AT 8:31 am
(KNSI) - St. Cloud's first ever suicide prevention walk raised thousands of dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
A couple hundred came together at Lake George to raise money for the Out of the Darkness Walk St. Cloud.
Meredith Rogers, event organizer, says it's about more than just raising funds, it's about raising awareness and possibly preventing suicides.
"We hear it a lot, we didn't expect this, where did this come from? It's just about bringing the topic up and a little bit more of finding that intuition and knowing when you need to reach out before it's too late."
In Minnesota alone from 2006 to 2016, the suicide rate has risen more than 40 percent.
Felica Vick, from Sauk Rapids walked the little more than one mile route to honor her friend's husband, a combat veteran struggling with PTSD that recently committed suicide.
Vick says events like the Out of the Darkness Walk help keep the topic from being stigmatized like in the past.
"It may help to pull some of those people who that close, away from that brink."
The walk raised $14,163 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Rogers says because of the outpouring of support the walk received from the surrounding community, this will be an annual event held on the last Saturday in September.