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Walk to bring awareness for National Suicide Prevention Week

Hospice of Northeast Missouri hosts Suicide Awareness 5K Run/Walk. (Raven Brown/KTVO)

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is September 10-16 and one Heartland group is trying to raise awareness.

Providing support services and talking about suicide has shown to help.

Hospice of Northeast Missouri is hosting a Suicide Awareness 5K Run/Walk Saturday, September 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The event is a way to go out and get some exercise, have fun and support community awareness of this topic.

NEMO Hospice Executive Director Carla Hustead says suicide is something to talk about, and it's a big problem in our community.

"The incidents, the attempts and completions have gotten so far ahead of where we're at on educating people and our comfort level about talking about suicide and we have that problem here in this community," Hustead said. "We have it connected to our colleges, we have it connected to our young people and it's just pervasive. Then you have the people who are left, the survivors of suicide, the people who are willing to listen, I'm not sure I can talk long enough to say how important this topic really is."

If you or anyone you know could be struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255.

For more information on the run, click here.

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