The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Alaska chapter held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night on the Capitol steps where people shared their stories as suicide survivors while dozens braved wind gusts and listened closely.

Members from around the state arrived from Bethel, Toksook Bay, Newtok, Anchorage and Fairbanks to meet with lawmakers for two days and urge them to pass House Bill 22 and Senate Bill 10, measures to extend the termination date of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.

They laid out 200 lanterns to reflect the number of Alaska lives lost to suicide in 2017.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Stop Suicide Alaska Hotline at 1-877-266-HELP.

Photos by Steve Quinn.

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