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Race Raises Money, Lowers Stigma about Suicide

Created: August 17, 2019 12:00 AM

Suicide is often a topic people avoid talking about. But whether you know someone who has been affected or not, it's important for you to talk about it, to show others it's OK to bring it up.

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At the Gondik Law Speedway in Superior Friday night, there was the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Race to raise money while lowering the stigma. The race started at 6:30, and there were raffles, prizes, and other fundraising opportunities.

"How to prevent suicide is to talk about suicide," says event coordinator, Dana Stroschein. "And so kind of our whole mission is just to bring the topic up, talk about it, let people feel safe enough that they can share some of those dark thoughts. If one person walks out of here willing to talk to somebody about how they feel, I think we've been successful."

"Having an event where people of all different ages are able to come and talk about it, to just see what it's all about and see where they can get help," says Superior High School senior, Katie Olson.

I f you or someone you know is looking for help, don't be hesitant to call the National Suicide Prevention hotline, at 1-800-273-talk. Someone will answer 24-hours a day.

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