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Many walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention

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September is suicide prevention month in North Dakota, one of many states with a staggering rate of suicide.

Around the country, it's the tenth leading cause of death, with 90% of those people who die by suicide having a potentially treatable mental disorder.

"it's sunny little windy, it's very nice for a walk today though, cause it's not too hot and it's not too cold."

Hundreds are walking, none of them are alone.

"it's a mix between light hearted an somber."

They say the first thing to learn is you are not alone.

"my cousin committed suicide in December, so I just came to support her"

 At the out of the darkness walk.

"we're here for the American Foundation for suicide prevention, to raise money for suicide prevention."

 Karen would like to erase the stigma or suicide.

"a lot of people don't understand mental illness is an illness, like cancer is an illness, that requires treatment."

 Amy is walking today.

"it means the world, it means a lot to have the support."

 For Cassidy.

"just full of life, caring, there to help everybody, when anybody needed anything anyone, got depression when she was 15-- and struggled that last year. And then she died November 4th 2010."

 And Aunt Carol.

"how do you deal with something like this? Out of the Darkness has really helped."

 She says there's a bigger questions to ask than why people don't talk about suicide.

"I think that's the main thing, people don't really understand depression and mental illness. That's what is important to get out there. What it is, that there is help for it, that you are not alone, and support is here for you."

 Yes, it's a good day for walk, and to talk.

"cause they have been through what you have been through, you don't think it's that hard, but it is."

 And remember you're not alone.

"Cassidy would want us here. She would want all of us here, and supporting the cause for depression and mental illness."

Walkers wanted to share the message that anyone suffering from mental illness can find help.

The American Foundation for suicide prevention is working to reach out to them with resources.

But they say the best thing you can do to help yourself or someone else suffering is to learn more about mental health.

Find resources here: http://www.afsp.org/

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