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Annual event raises awareness of suicide

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It’s the tenth leading cause of death in this country, but people don’t talk about suicide.

The second annual Jerry’s Walk is coming up April 29 at St. Clairsville’s Memorial Park. This year’s theme is “Say Their Name.”

Organizer Sandy Williams, who lost her father to suicide, said more people die by suicide than by vehicle accidents or homicides; yet people cling to old misconceptions that need to be cleared away.

“People think it’s cowardly, they think it’s selfish. It’s really none of those things. It’s really somebody who’s suffering and who wants the pain to stop. And they don’t know how to stop it. So it’s not so much they want to die, but they want the pain to stop. So what we’re really trying to do is to start the conversation,” Sandy Williams said.

Sandy Wallace said one of the other myths is, that if people talk about committing suicide, they won’t actually do it, but that’s not true.

Participants for the walk on April 29th need to register by this coming Saturday, in order to get a T-Shirt.

Registration is $20.

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