Walk Raises Thousands for Suicide Prevention

September 15, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM EDT

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Walk Raises Thousands for Suicide Prevention

September 15, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) One person in the United States dies by suicide every 15 minutes. This morning, 768 walkers looped Delaware Park to change that statistic.

The Buffalo walk is one of 250 Out of the Darkness community walks held nationwide each fall.

Local walkers raised just under $75,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP, Saturday morning.

The AFSP funds research that helps mental health professionals better understand suicide and depression. The organization also creates educational programs for teens, adults, and the elderly to raise awareness of the warning signs of suicide, and signs of psychiatric illness.

Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in people 18-65, but the elderly are also affected. The AFSP says 16% of all suicides are attributed to people over 65 years old.

Saturday's walk in Delaware Park fell $25,000 short of its $100,000 goal, but donations will still be accepted through the end of 2012.

For more information on the AFSP, including ways to donate, go to the "News Links" section of wkbw.com.