Suicide prevention awareness walk held in Fargo

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) More than 1,500 people showed up to a suicide prevention awareness walk Sunday in Fargo.

The Out of the Darkness Fargo-Moorhead Area Walk has raised about $117,000 as of Sunday night, according to the Association Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The event, which was held at the Scheel’s Arena, was in its 15th year.

Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in North Dakota and Minnesota, according to AFSP.

Angela Vancleef was at the walk to remember her husband who died by suicide in 2016.

“Your life matters. Don't do it. You're loved, you're needed. It's hard for the survivors. It's one of the hardest things to go through,” Vancleef said.

On average, one person dies by suicide every 57 hours in North Dakota, while for Minnesota that number is one person every 11 hours.

If you ever need help and are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.