Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk 10/6/13
CBS 7 News
October 6, 2013
This afternoon hundreds gathered for the fifth annual Out of the Darkness walk and balloon release at Memorial Gardens in Odessa, all to help raise awareness, and funds, for suicide prevention.
Suicide takes the lives of people, young and old, everyday and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is trying to change that through research, education, and advocacy.
"We're here to raise awareness that mental illness is not a bad thing. It happens and it does not discriminate. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, girl, boy you know old or young," says event organizer Amanda Beaman.
Beaman is no stranger to the heart wrenching effects of suicide.
"Mental illness is everywhere and it's not something to be ashamed of. You know, it's something you do need to seek help for something that don't ignore. It's not going to go away on its own," she says.
Her brother took his own life two years ago, now she has made it her mission to teach people that there is help even in their darkest hours.
"You never know two weeks later you might be wondering what if, what if I had answered that phone call? What if I had been there for him? You know, you can't ignore stuff like that because it's a very serious thing," says Beaman.
For more information on how to donate, visit http://www.afsp.org/.