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Bands Gather to Raise Suicide Awareness

A number of local bands are getting together Saturday to Rock Against Suicide.

It's the second annual event and will begin at 6pm Saturday at the Choconut Inn in Friendsville, Pennsylvania. In addition to the bands there will be expert speakers and all money raised will go to the mental health association of the Southern Tier. Paul Tauterouff helped begin the event last year after a friend in his band committed suicide.

"I found a lot of people were inspired. I had a lot of people come up to me and talk to me, which to me was really awesome to be able to connect with other people. There were combinations of people who had lost somebody and people who were survivors themselves, who had contemplated it themselves," said Touterouff.

Admission is $10 dollars. In addition to the music and speakers there will also be raffles with chances to win rock memorabilia. Last year's event raised $6,000.