Hundreds walk to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Hundreds of people walked to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention on Saturday, October 5.

The event took place in Riverfront Park in Downtown Lynchburg and the three-mile walk began around 10:00 a.m.

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Rebecca Shelnut lost her husband in 20-17 due to suicide.

She says that she walks in memory of him and to help spread awareness of the resources and help available.

“I didn’t know these resources were available, and had they been maybe Will and I would be here supporting it together, instead of me by myself,” said Shelnut.

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Shelnut says that the best thing to do when someone loses a loved one due to suicide is to acknowledge it.

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk, you are helping raise both awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Today they raised over $73,000.

The main message they wanted people to remember is that if you or a loved one is struggling, you are not alone.

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If you or someone you know is in need of help, contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline number at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

Source: wset

Author: Alessandra Young

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