Hundreds gather at the Capitol for suicide awareness

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Families, friends and activists gathered early Sunday morning at the Texas State Capitol to help bring awareness to suicide.

It happened on the south steps of the Capitol where more than 500 people attended.  An opening ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. with the playing of a trumpet and a reading of the names of individuals who committed suicide.

After the opening ceremony, individuals did an Out of Darkness walk where they walked three times throughout the Capitol grounds totaling about three miles.

“This is a really good way to get rid of the stigma of suicide, which I think, is what sometimes makes it difficult for people who are struggling to share in order to get help,” said Sally Taylor, Honoring 17-year-old son who committed suicide in 2012.

The event was in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention who has set a goal to raise $100,000 by having walkers participate do these walks all over the country.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in individuals between the ages of 15 and 64 in the United States and a person dies from suicide every 12.3 minutes.

The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression; which is what more than 50 percent of suicide victims suffer from.

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