A Martins Ferry man ran 15 miles Saturday to raise awareness for suicide prevention.
25-year-old Alex Ronevich says he’s watched family and friends suffer from mental illness. He called Saturday’s effort, “Run For Your Life.”
Ronevich has a Go Fund Me account, and plans to donate whatever he receives to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“My main message with this is it’s always OK to not be OK,” said Alex Ronevich, running for suicide awareness. “There’s an 800 number. You can call it 24-hours a day, you know. But there’s always somebody willing to listen to you. You should always not hesitate to reach out to somebody if they need it or if you’re needing help, something you shouldn’t be too proud of.”
Ronevich said 45,000 people in the United States take their own lives every year. That’s 123 suicides per day. He said it’s the tenth leading cause of death in the nation.
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.