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WITH VIDEO: Alpena walk raises suicide awareness

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Wearing shirts that say “Hope is Here,” about 200 people begin a two-mile walk around downtown Alpena on Saturday to raise awareness of suicide and raise funds for programs meant to help prevent suicide. Saturday’s walk was the second annual walk organized by the Alpena Suicide Prevention Team, of which News Lifestyles Editor Darby Hinkley is a committee member.

ALPENA — Nearly 200 people participated in the Alpena Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday in downtown Alpena.

The second annual walk organized by the Alpena Suicide Prevention Team, raised awareness of suicide and raised funds for programs meant to help prevent suicide.

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News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley A pooch shows support for the second annual Alpena Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday. The second annual walk brought out about 200 participants to raise awareness of suicide and to raise funds for programs meant to help prevent suicide.

News Lifestyles Editor Darby Hinkley is a member of the committee that organized the walk.

The event began at Bay View Park and the two-mile walk looped through downtown Alpena, down 2nd Avenue, along the Thunder Bay River, up 9th Avenue and then back down Chisholm to the park.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or needs mental health help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Participants in the Alpena Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday walk past a sign reminding people to “just breathe.” About 200 people turned out for the two-mile walk through downtown Alpena, which raised awareness of suicide and raised funds for programs meant to help prevent suicide.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Kyla Avery, left, listens as her sister, Darby Hinkley, speaks to a crowd of about 200 people at Bay View Park on Saturday for the Alpena Suicide Prevention Walk. Hinkley, part of the Alpena Suicide Prevention Team, organized the walk meant to raise awareness of suicide and raise funds for programs meant to help prevent suicide.

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Darby Hinkley, News Lifestyles editor and a member of the Alpena Suicide Prevention Team, addresses the crowd at Bay View Park on Saturday before the beginning of a two-mile walk to raise awareness of suicide and help raise funds for programs meant to prevent suicide.

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