EATON — The annual Walk to Remember, Walk for Hope Suicide Prevention Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6-8 p.m., at Seven Mile Park in Eaton.
This 5K walk exists to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide and to promote suicide awareness, education, and prevention measures. It is a fundraiser where all the proceeds benefit the Preble County Suicide Coalition and local suicide prevention programming.
T-shirts will come with registration (while supplies last) and remembrance luminaries can be purchased. Register for the walk at http://www.pcmhrb.org/suicide-awareness.html or at the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board office, 225 N. Barron St in Eaton.
For more information on the walk, call 937-456-6827.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates rose in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across all demographics.
In more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives.
Increasingly, suicide is being viewed not only as a mental health problem, but a public health one, according to officials. Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death.
Seven Mile Park is located on Park Avenue between Washington Jackson Road and Lexington Road.