Out Of The Darkness walk raises over $14,000 for suicide prevention

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --In Alabama one person dies from suicide every twelve hours. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held their Out Of The Darkness walk in Huntsville Sunday in an effort to help bring those battling with that darkness, into the light.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10 to 14 year olds in Alabama, and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Out of the Darkness emcee Mojo Jones said letting people know they are loved is so important, because suicide is preventable.

"Suicide unfortunately has touched a whole lot of people, including myself, so there's a lot of folks out there that just need somebody to tell them that they care about them," he said.

Jones has dealt with a loved one trying to end their life. He said he wants people to know that it always gets better.

"But if you can turn that around, I mean who knows what you could become, and who knows the life that you give to somebody else down the road," he said.

Jones said people have to get over the stigma associated with suicide, because it's not helping anybody. Instead, he wants us to think about and care for one another.

"Say what can I do to help somebody's else's life and I think if everybody does that we can put a helping hand out there that these people didn't know was there before," said Jones.

Volunteer Anna Adams said suicide is tough to talk about, but it's something that people struggle with, and they need to know they are supported.

"I think having these big events, getting people out there, showing what resources are in the community, and being able to see I'm not alone, I can relate to other people, is really important," she said.

The Out Of The Darkness walk in Huntsville this year raised over $14,000 that will go to suicide prevention programs, doctors, and peer support.