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Suicide Prevention Walk in Ocean City

Posted: 09/24/2017 02:09:00 -04:00 Updated:

OCEAN CITY, Md--People from all over Maryland gathered in Ocean City to remember those who committed suicide and suffer from mental illness.

Tears dripped down Diane Massey’s face as she remembered her love one.

“We lost our son December of last year, we have a lot of family and friends here supporting us today. We are walking in memory of him,” says Massey.

The Out of the Darkness Walk fights suicide and raises awareness about mental health.

Making a difference and turning hope into action is why many people walked Ocean City’s boardwalk Saturday, August 23rd.

Sharon Roeble says being around others who have also lost a loved one from suicide helps with the pain.

“It’s human nature to want to be a part of something that understands them,” says Roeble.

The director of Worcester County Local Behavioral Health Authority, Jessica Sexauer,  says the trend line for suicides in Worcester County has decreased over the past 9 years. She believes it’s because of the community’s outreach.

Step by step, participants hope to make a difference and walk to fight suicide.

Money raised at the walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Event organizers say their goal is to raise 45,000 dollars in Worcester County.   

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