"Out of the Darkness" Walk Planned To Prevent Suicides

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 10:48 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 10:48 PM EDT

(WKBW) More than 33-thousand people take their own life every year in this country and yet, so many people, including professionals are afraid to even say the word, "suicide".

To help end the stigma, local agencies are joining the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by taking part in the "Out of the Darkness" Community Walk scheduled for Saturday, September 18th in Delaware Park at 10am.

When you join this effort, you will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and help survivors of suicide loss.

Experts say 90% of people who complete suicide have a mental illness that can be treated.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, there are people who can help. Contact the Crisis Services 24-hour Hotline at
(716) 834-3131.

For more information on the walk, go to the top of the page and click on News Links.