Hundreds Gather to Raise Awareness for Suicide

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 04/27 2014 08:31PM

Updated 04/27 2014 08:45PM

STATE COLLEGE - According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in adults ages 18-65. On Sunday, hundreds were bringing awareness to this issue in our area.
"We're all touched by depression and suicide. We know somebody who's gone through these feelings,” said Susan Kennedy, a suicide survivor.
Family and friends of people who lost their lives to suicide turned out for the 8th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk.
Kelly Kutz, who lost her father to suicide, said this event is a way to bring awareness and education.
"Obviously you don’t want to be involved, but once you are and you have such compassion and outpouring of support when you're in a situation, you kind of carry on the banner and carry it on and help people with the same prob."
Suicide survivors taking part in the walk wanted to stomp out the stigma.
One person every 13.7 minutes, more than 38,000 are year in the US, dies by suicide. Survivors say it's an issue that doesn't discriminate.
"I think when people think about suicide, they think about teens and certainly a lot that take their life, but actually the largest growing of people are older folks who are choosing to take their lives," said Evelyn Wald, a suicide survivor.
Walkers said all it takes is one person to see this type event, to know they're not alone, and to understand that depression is treatable.
"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem so whatever problems you have, don't think they're stupid because there's someone who can help you, so we'd rather have you around than not," said Kutz.
This year's walk raised more than $60,000. Half of which will stay local, the other half with go to national programs of prevention.
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