Hundreds walk to reduce suicide rate, shed light on mental illness

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Hundreds of people Saturday night walked more than 16 miles through San Francisco to raise money to prevent suicide, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Brandie Dressel helped the walkers who typically feel safe and cared for as they support one another on the walk.

CHP officials said suicide claims more lives each year than war, murder and natural disasters combined while suicide does not get nearly the financial support other causes of death do.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted the walk, which is called an Out of the Darkness walk.

The walkers and supporters aim to shed light on mental illness and stop a tragic loss of life.

The AFSP’s goal is to reduce the rate of suicide by 20 percent by 2025, according to CHP officials.

The AFSP’s suicide hotline is (800) 273-8255.

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