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Suicide Awareness Walk returns Saturday

Youth lead the ninth annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk in Carlton in 2017. (file / Pine Journal)

The 10th annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk is Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Carlton High School. The noncompetitive walk is about 35 minutes.

Guest speaker Cassie Diver will share her emotional struggles after the loss of her son, Cody Bauer. Representatives from Amberwing, the Center for Youth and Family Well-being and Children's Grief Connection will also speak.

Jo Angell has participated every year since her son, Doug, took his life in 2008. She said 70 people participating in the first event; last year, it grew to over 300.

"Personally being involved with the Suicide Memorial Walk has given me a purpose to keep moving forward in the fight against suicide and to be able to talk about it publicly," Angell said. "Also, to continue to get the awareness and education out there.

"It's so important being able to reach out and support all the people who have lost a loved one to suicide," Angell said. "It's a 'safe' place to connect and have that instant bond and understanding of everyone there."

New to the event this year is QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training. Anyone interested can learn how to talk to someone they are concerned about and persuade them to get help.

"There is help and support. We are not alone," Angell said. "We all 'get it' and it helps to know you're not alone and you will survive."

For more information about the Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk, call Meghann Levitt at 218-879-4511.