Participants in local charity walk, remember loved ones

Among young people, suicide is the second leading cause of death in this country

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One week ago Sunday, survivors of suicide victims took a solemn walk through downtown Springfield.

“5 years ago I lost my daughter, since then that was the day my heart broke.”

Among young people, suicide is the second leading cause of death in this country. Loved ones gathered at Energy Park in downtown Greenfield Sunday afternoon. They spoke of those close to them who had taken their own lives. Someone suffering from mental illness ends their life every thirteen minutes.

As they prepared to take that soulful walk, they would share their sorrow with 22News.

Becca Lavallee, of Greenfield said, “My grandmother committed suicide. Before I was born. So I really didn’t how her that well. But I wasn’t to do it for a good cause.”

I’m a survivor, last march I tried to leave this earth, god brought me back, gratitude for that…I’m not ashamed, there’s a lot of stigma associated with mental illness

The out of the darkness walks Greenfield, Springfield and elsewhere are designed to help raise awareness that dispels the stigma that often contributes to the plight of the mentally ill. These walks also raise money to change the public perception of those needing help. According to the American Psychiatric Association, not a minute goes by without someone tries to take their own life.

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