Proceeds from 'Save a Life San Diego' walk will fund support groups, suicide prevention programs

More than 1,500 people participate in walk

SAN DIEGO - About 1,500 people came together at Balboa Park on Sunday to shed light on suicide prevention.

Each person who crossed the starting line in the "Save a Life" walk had a purpose. For some, it was personal – doing it in memory of loved ones. For others, it was a way to spread awareness about suicide prevention.

It is something Dwayne and Penny Victor wish they had known about to help their son Ryan, who committed suicide when he was just 19 years old.

"If you think there's a problem, there probably is a problem," said Dwayne Victor.

Looking back, the Victors say there were signs.

Organizers of the walk say money raised will fund support groups for families left behind and to Yellow Ribbon, which brings suicide prevention outreach in schools.

Nationally, suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10 to 24.

In San Diego County, suicide is the second leading cause of non-natural deaths for all ages.

Keaton Crow is a student volunteer for Yellow Ribbon. He says just having someone to listen to can go a long way.

"We talk to students and help them out with their own problems," said Crow.

To remember the lives lost because of suicide, organizers set up a tribute wall where family members can post pictures and notes which also helps them with the healing process.

 

County Suicide Prevention Resources
County Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-888-724-7240

 

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