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Pittsburg Walks For Suicide Awareness

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Every year more than 40,000 Americans die from suicide. A club at Pitt State held an event today to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. The university chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms  hosted its annual Out of Darkness Walk. About 200 participants made the walk around Carnie Smith Stadium, raising around 10-thousand dollars. The money will go to The American Foundation for Suicide prevention" to provide mental health care to those in need and education to dispel common myths about suicide.

Walk coordinator Caitlin Martin says, "There's the misconception that you're a bad person if you die by suicide or that you're selfish if you die by suicide. We know that mental health is important because mental illness is one of the biggest causes of suicide and we know that if we don't talk about it and if we don't give people that mental healthcare that they need then that could potentially be a risk factor for suicide."

This was the third year for the out of darkness walk.

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