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Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk Coming up in Carlton

Updated: October 10, 2019 10:44 PM

Jo Angell lost her son, Doug, to suicide. She continues to support survivors, by helping organize the Suicide Awareness and Memorial Walk in Carlton. This year will be the 11th walk.

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"Unfortunately, the group continues to grow. This year we have two siblings speaking from a sibling perspective, which we haven't had before," she said. Seeing the familiar faces and people coming together each October to honor their loved ones helps her heart.

Meghann Levitt is the Health Educator for Carlton County Public Health and Human Services. She told us that grant funding is helping with prevention. And that the walk is a way for people to feel like they are not alone. "No two stories are exactly the same. But the grief process tends to be similar. And finding others who are in the same situation can be very encouraging," she said.

The walk is free, and is NOT a fundraiser. It's a chance to remember and honor your loved one. 

It's on Saturday at 9:30am at Carlton High School. There will be a short walk, refreshments, and messages of hope.

Participants may want to wear something with the name/picture of the person they are honoring (not required). In addition, participants will have the opportunity to tie a ribbon to the banner that will be carried on the walk in memory of the person they are honoring. Information on suicide awareness and education will be available. 

If you or someone you know is struggling, there are always people out there who will listen and help.

You can text MN to 741741. 

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Locally: 218-623-1800

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