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Letter: A bold goal to reduce suicide

To the editor:

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives — people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds — but the research is clear: Suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save.

If you've lost someone to suicide, or you or someone you know suffers from a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, please join us for the Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide on Saturday, September 29, at Lake George, in St. Cloud.

I'm walking for my beautiful niece, Katie, whom at the age of 21, died by suicide, in November of 2016. The grief and pain I feel as a result of her loss, has compelled me to elevate the conversation and research conducted about anxiety, depression and suicide.

Funds raised support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy, and support. These walks are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year. Hope to see you there.

Meredith Rogers

St. Cloud Out of the Darkness Walk-Chair