September is national suicide prevention month.
This morning, the Michigan chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held a 2-mile walk through downtown Traverse City.
Hundreds of people united in solidarity to walk for relatives, friends, or even themselves.
Chapter Board Member Vicky Mennare says she walked for her dad, her cousin and herself.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to bring these people together for hope and healing,” Mennare said. “It’s just, it’s amazing to be surrounded by people who have been where you are.”
She says today’s event gives her the inspiration to keep fighting and keep going.
This marks AFSP’s third in-person Out of the Darkness Community Walk at the Open Space in Traverse City.
So far this year, they have raised over $35,000 of their $85,000 goal.
If you weren’t able to make it out in person, you can still donate online.
They will be accepting donations until December 31.
For information on how to donate or volunteer, you can visit
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741-741.