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Westport Walk Sheds Light on Suicide

WESTPORT, Conn. – Help save a life this weekend in Westport by walking in the seventh annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nonprofit organization.

The walk, to be held at Sherwood Island State Park, is one of many to be held nationwide Saturday that will help raise funds for suicide prevention research and education programs, raise awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults and is the second leading cause of death for college students, according to the nonprofit. It is estimated that every year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, every 15 minutes a person dies by suicide and more than 20 million suffer from depression.

"We are so grateful for the support from the community as we continue to bring the subject of suicide and prevention out of the darkness." Julia Turner, board chairwoman of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said in a statement.

The 5K walk kicks off 1 p.m., with registration beginning at noon. For more information or to register for the walk, visit the Out of the Darkness Walk website or contact Julia Turner at afspct@gmail.com or 203-257-7287.

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