Suicide Prevention Week Finishes with Walk in Spokane

By Paige Browning

This week people around the country held events and educational campaigns for Suicide Prevention Week. In Spokane, organizers are taking their effort to the streets.
For the fourth year in a row, Prevent Suicide Spokane is asking people to come out for the Out of the Darkness Walk. Funds raised go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Event organizer Miranda Martinz says Spokane County has a higher overall suicide rate than the state average. She says everyone is affected, and events like Out of the Darkness are important because it gets people talking.
Martinz says for people thinking about suicide, or for their friends and family, the most important thing is to know the signs. This includes talking or writing about hurting or killing oneself, and seeking access to weapons or other means of suicide.
Martinz says it’s okay to say the word suicide and to ask if someone is thinking about it. To start the call for help in Spokane, you can dial 509-838-4428. The national lifeline also has people available, at 1-800-273-TALK.
The Out of the Darkness Walk happens Saturday at 9:45 at Mission Park next to Avista. People can register on Facebook or at the event. The walk is pet friendly, Martinz calls it “paws for prevention.”
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