Walking to save lives: Suicide prevention

MARQUETTE — A suicide prevention walk will take place on Saturday in Gwinn to raise awareness toward the cause, honor the lives lost to suicide and those who were affected by it.

The seventh annual P.S. I Love You Walk, hosted by the Gwinn Teen Clinic and Youth Advisory Council, will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. at the Gwinn High School/Middle School while the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles long and will take place down the sidewalks on Main Street. Following the walk, a screening of the 25-minute documentary “It’s Time to Talk” will play in the high school library, and features local residents discussing the impact of suicide in their families. It also will educate others on how to detect possible signs of suicide.

This event is a way for people to be a part of the community and make a change for those who cannot stand up for themselves, GTC registered nurse Susanna Rushford said.

As the event coordinator of the walk, Rushford said this walk attracts around 100 to 175 people each year and hopes to see the numbers grow and get people talking about this issue.

“I think suicide has touched, in one form or another, everybody in the county. (This event) is a way to better learn the symptoms and join together to make it a topic to talk about is really important. And also, removing the stigma,” Rushford said.

To register, call the GTC at 906-372-4002. Registration is $5 with T-shirts available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jackie Jahfetson can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.