EUGENE, Ore. -- Being that Oregon's suicide rate is above the national average, many local residents said they felt their walk through Alton Baker Park Saturday was an even more important step toward suicide awareness.
Dozens of those directly affected by a suicide were joined by supporters from the community for the “Out Of The Darkness” suicide prevention walk.
Organizer Angela McClintich said that the event provides a sense of support for those who’ve experienced loss, as well as offering information on how they can prevent others from committing suicide.
"’Out Of The Darkness’ brings light to the darkness of suicide. I lost my 15-year-old nephew to suicide and that's why I'm here today,” McClintich said. “That's why I do what I do… if I can save one family from going through what my family's going through, then everything i do is worth it.”
Others at the fifth annual “Out Of The Darkness” walk said they were brought together by similar tragedies.
Our daughter, Katie, passed away August 11, 2012,” said father Dennis Boris. “Our first year was really hard. But you know, this event lets us reflect and see that we're not alone."