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Out of Darkness Walk Raises Suicide Awareness

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TOWN OF DICKINSON, N.Y. -

Over 200 people walked around Otsiningo Park on Saturday at the Out of Darkness Walk to raise awareness and money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

Thirty teams honored people lost by suicide by walking, where participants wore beads to represent the relation to the person they lost. 

"Mental health is as important as physical health, and we want people to know that," said Deb France, Board Member of the South Central New York AFSP. 

France says anyone can be affected by suicide from military personelle to college students. The event aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and provide education on where to find help. Binghamton and Tioga Coalition for Suicide Prevention were also present to provide information to those who need it. 

"They need to know where to reach for help and they're afraid to reach for help because there's a stigma involved in mental health and that's what we're here for," said France.

The event raised over $11,000 of their $15,000 goal to support research and education.