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Suicide Awareness Walk

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A lot of the people that took part in the 11th Annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk were there to honor friends and family who took their own lives. A lot of the people that took part in the 11th Annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk were there to honor friends and family who took their own lives.
If you or know of someone that may be thinking about suicide call 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741 741 to talk to someone and get the help that you need. If you or know of someone that may be thinking about suicide call 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741 741 to talk to someone and get the help that you need.

For a the past 11 years, local agencies and family and friends of people who have committed suicide have gathered to raise awareness to the problem of this devastating act.

When Chad Dunlap was 18 years old, his best friend called him on the phone and told him that was the day that he was going to commit suicide. Chad rushed over to his friends home and found him in the garage with a rope around his neck. Since that day, Dunlap has realized that each day is a gift and he want to share that with others, and one way to do that is to get people to open up and talk about what is going on in their lives. 

“We will talk about everything else in our lives, but yet when it talks about depression, the fear of the unknown. People are afraid that they are going to appear weak, and it’s totally opposite. If we are willing to get out and speak to someone and put our pride aside, that takes a lot more bravery, then any other strength in our life time," said Dunlap.

A lot of the people that took part in the 11th Annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk were there to honor friends and family who took their own lives. 

Just last year in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties, 29 people committed suicide, 6 of them were children and 5 others were senior citizens. At one time, suicide was one of those topics that was rarely talked about out in the public, but as more people talk about there is more of a chance that people will get the help that they need. 

“It’s a good thing that we are having that discussion. When recognizing that 90% of the people that die by suicide are experiencing depression. We know that depression is treatable. So if we have those conversations where a person may be contemplating, we know there is help there and we have wonderful local resources to help,” said Donna Dickman. 

Suicide is a dark place, but Dunlap says people stand up and become the light that friends and family may need if they are contemplating suicide. 

It’s our job to shine into other peoples lives, we are hear to make other people’s lives better. That is what this life is about, it’s not about us. We live in a empty life, if we are only living for ourselves. When you put your life out there to help live and help bring light and happiness into someone else’s life that is where the really joy comes from. 

If you or know of someone that may be thinking about suicide call 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741 741 to talk to someone and get the help that you need.

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