Suicide comes Out of the Darkness at Anchorage walk
Saturday was a nice day for a stroll -- but people on the trails near Anchorage's Albrecht Ball Fields had more on their minds.
“My son, and grandson’s father passed away May 27th of this year, and we are walking for him,” said Dagny McHugh, as she and others turned out to raise awareness about suicide.
At Anchorage's latest Out of the Darkness Walk, people gathered beforehand to remember those who took their own lives, and help those considering suicide as a solution to their problems.
Suicide is the nation's 10th leading killer, affecting one in five families. Alaska has the nation's second highest per capita suicide rate.
"Dealing with depression and suicide are a couple of things that kind of affect everyone, even in the smallest degree," said Jin Chong, who walked for those he lost. The message he has for those who consider suicide: You are not alone.
"It helps everybody get stronger, and not fight alone," said walker Jessica Isaakl.
"We draw strength from it, in remembering our loved ones who have taken their lives," said fellow walker Madeline Scholl. "It's a very healing feeling you get being here."
The event raises funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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