'Out of the Darkness' walk highlights suicide prevention

"Out of the darkness walk" held in S.A.

SAN ANTONIO -- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in Texas for those between the ages of 10 and 34, according to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The organization wants to drop that number by 20 percent nationwide by 2025. One of the ways they hope to do that is to raise funds and awareness through their "Out of the Darkness" walks. One of those walks was held Sunday in San Antonio.

Hundreds of balloons were released Sunday at Nelson Wolff Stadium following the walk, each representing a loved one lost to suicide.

"It takes events like this that bring the community together to show how many people are impacted," said Michelle Martinez of the South Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

She joined the organization after a failed suicide attempt decades ago. "I can relate to being at that very low dark point in my own life. I have the support of family and friends community that really empowered my family to seek treatments that worked," Martinez said.

Each person marching Sunday had their own reason for doing so. Whether it was to bring attention to suicide prevention, or to share their own personal story.

"We have had some family members with first-hand experience with suicide and what that devastating effect has been. We are here to support those families," said Tiffany from Camp To Success.

One of those families walking today included Mary Ann who lost her son Jonathan in 2009.

"He was a graphic designer. He was smart. He was very intelligent. Depression is what took his life," she said

Even though its been seven years, the family said they still have their moments. They're taking it step by step, one day at a time.

"There is that one day it'll be a song, it will be something on TV, or it'll just be a comment that takes you back to him," she said. "Don't be ashamed. Don't be afraid to ask for help because you leave us to suffer and continue to suffer until we meet you again."

She said she knows she will meet her son again.

(© 2016 KENS)


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