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Suicide Awareness walk set for Oct. 14

The ninth Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Carlton High School in Carlton. Last year, around 200 walkers, from around the region and state participated in this free community event. There will be a short walk (non-competitive, approximately 35 minutes), followed by refreshments and a short message of hope titled “My Walk” from Corinne Campbell, a Parent Survivor. Local Mobile Crisis and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will also share community resources.

“We are aware that Carlton County, and many other counties in Northern Minnesota have some of the highest rates of suicide in the state,” said Meghann Levitt, health educator for Carlton County Public Health and Human Services. “This event allows family and friends who have been impacted by suicide to remember those they have lost, as well as connect with others who have had a similar experience.”

The walk will begin and end at Carlton High School (405 School Ave., Carlton). This is not a fundraiser. However, participants may want to wear something with the name/picture of the person they are honoring (not required). They will also have the opportunity to tie a ribbon to the banner that will be carried on the walk in memory of the person they are honoring. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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