The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch hosted a fundraiser for a suicide prevention walk, and to raise awareness about mental health.
The tenth annual Out of The Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention is in September. Organizers worked with the Boys and Girls Ranch to open it to the community and lower the stigma of mental illness through expression.
"All of us have a mental and emotional health at different levels and all of us express it in different ways. Those of us that deal with these issues on a daily basis sometimes look to different alternative therapies. This is just to help the community be aware that there's a lot of alternatives available," said Janet Ballard, Yellowstone Valley Festival Co-Chair
The event also included other forms of expressing oneself through art like spray paint and hula-hoop artists. There were also activities like bowling, putt-putt golf, and a dunk tank. The activities required tickets, with the proceeds going to the community walk.