Suicide Prevention Event Raises Awareness
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More than 400 people attended this year's Suicide Prevention Walk in Genesee Valley Park Sunday on afternoon.
Each year an estimated one million Americans attempt suicide. The Rochester Out of the Darkness Walk is one of 250 that is being held this fall nationwide, raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's research and education programs.
"You'd be surprised sadly how many people know or have known somebody that has attempted suicide or have taken their lives," said Sarah Bedrin, Chair Person of the Out of the Darkness Walk Committee. "Family members, friends, co-workers, it's very prevalent and we don't realize it so that's what we try to do here is to try to raise awareness in the community that we have a growing number of people every year that lose their lives to suicide, and we're trying to something to prevent that."
YNN's Seth Voorhees was the emcee for the event, which raised more than $31,000 for the foundation.