By Haley Steinkamp

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death nationally and the second leading cause of death for those aged 10-34, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September is suicide prevention month, and the Kalamazoo-based non-profit organization Gryphon Place hosted its 5k walk for suicide prevention. This year had the highest number of participants, reaching close to 600 participants. Gryphon Place exceeded its goal of raising $65,000. Gryphon Place’s goals for the event included raising awareness, providing the community with valuable information and reducing the stigmatization surrounding suicide.

Certain demographic groups, primarily young women and black Americans, experienced a rise in suicide attempts in 2020, the CDC data indicate. Dozens of walkers turned out for the event in downtown Kalamazoo. They came with handmade signs such as “Someone Cares About You” and walked in honor of family members lost due to suicide.

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