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Out of the Darkness Walk

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Hundreds turned out to Veterans Park Sunday to march for suicide prevention.

The annual Out of the Darkness Walk raises awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Organizers say Montana has the third highest suicide rate in the nation. Many organizations joined the event to show support for those who are suffering from mental illnesses. The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch also had staff and youth participate in the event. YBGR staff say its important for youth to participate in the walk.

"Their impulsive behavior, rejection, all the things that they're coping with and registering in the world, they need to know that there's other support and there's ways to deal with it," said Regina Demis, YBGR's director of public relations. "There's coping skills, their friends their family."

"It spreads the awareness of how suicide, what causes it, namely mental illness, and that we need to bring mental illness and treatment to mental illness out of the darkness," said Joan Nye, Out of the Darkness Walk's chair.

The walk had booths to show the various resources people can use for support. Organizers said they hope to raise $70,000 this year.

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