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Suicide Prevention Walk Builds Solidarity in Traverse City

Promo Image: Suicide Prevention Walk Builds Solidarity in Traverse City

September is a big month for Ron and Janeen Wardie.

It was the month they lost their son to suicide three years ago—and it’s the month dedicated to suicide prevention and advocacy.

Ron and Janeen are on a mission to end stigma and save lives by working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to put on an Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk in Traverse City.

The goal is to save lives and bring hope to people affected by suicide.

“There is a negative stigma attached to mental illness and our goal is to have people talk about mental health as openly as they talk about their physical health,” Janeen says. “Because mental illness is an illness of your brain, it’s one of your organs, like heart disease is your heart.”

The walk will take place in September, but you can register now by heading to 

If you believe someone’s life is in immediate danger, call 911.  Or if you feel it isn’t life threatening at that moment, you can call the National Crisis Prevention line at 1-800-273-8255.