Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives — people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds — but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save.

If you’ve lost someone to suicide, or you or someone you know suffers from a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, please join us for the Beatrice, Nebraska Out of the Darkness Community Walk to fight suicide on Saturday, September 15th,2018.

I’m walking for my father who we loss to suicide in May of 2007, and also my mother in May of 2009, so it has opened my eyes greatly to life a lot more.

I wanted to reach out and help others, as well as raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. I know what it feels like to lose my loved ones to suicide and don't want others to feel that same pain.

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Funds raised support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy, and support.

These walks are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year. Hope to see you there.

Melissa Carlson, Beatrice

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