Walk brings teen suicide to forefront


Participants in last year’s Walk for Hope, an event designed to promote awareness of teen suicide, stroll down Oak Street. This year’s walk will be held on Sept. 21. Photo provided.

The Youth Services Bureau and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will be hosting the Fourth Annual Walk for Hope, suicide awareness walk on Sept. 21.

The event will begin and end at Huntington North High School, MacGahan Street entrance.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. while the event will begin at 7 p.m. The walk route is approximately two miles with the walkers going down Cherry Street and returning to the high school on Poplar Street.

The event raises awareness of youth suicide and is also a fund-raiser to support the suicide prevention services provided in Huntington County.

One out of every 10 high school students will attempt suicide, according to state data. Huntington County shows similar data.

Sponsors for this year's event are Huntington Lions Club, Bowen Center, Victory Noll Sisters, First Farmers Bank & Trust and Insurance Services.

Event organizers are seeking individuals and groups to participate in the walk.

Last year 100 walkers participated in the event. Walkers who raise $50 or more will receive a free T-shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available for sale the evening of the event.

Walkers are encouraged to seek sponsors and donations.

Those wishing to walk without raising funds are also welcome.

All proceeds from the event will directly support suicide prevention activities in Huntington County.

For more information on the walk or the suicide prevention efforts in Huntington County, contact the Youth Services Bureau at 356-9681 or visit www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org.