First Annual Suicide Prevention Walk

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The Suicide Prevention Awareness Response and Education (SPARE) group held their first suicide prevention awareness walk Saturday morning.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America and the 3rd leading cause in young adults age 18 to 24.

The event began at 8 am with dozens of participants walking the Hathaway Bridge to spread a message of hope.

"Our bridge is hope and we're hoping that anybody that sees this will know that there's other people out there who have suffered a loss," said Karen Abrahams, SPARE director.

Abrahams created the local SPARE group after her son, Alex, committed suicide at 17 years old and then within the year 2 other young adults also committed suicide.

"What we need is to give people who are contemplating suicide hope so they realize there is something at the end of whatever they're going through," said Tricia Pearce of the Life Management Center.

The Life Management Center averages 1300 crisis calls a year according to Pearce.

The Life Management Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached at (850) 873-8573.

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