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Published September 12, 2010, 11:36 AM

10th annual Walk of Hope in Downtown Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For years, groups have been working to lose the stigma of suicide. The approach is to bring people together for remembrance and prevention.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Firstlink held its 10th annual Walk of Hope in Downtown Fargo. More than 100 people showed up to walk several blocks. Firstlink set up remembrance booths and a spot for people to write a special message to the one they lost.

“We look at it as a day to really give people who've lost people to suicide a place to come and remember them a place where they're not alone and they do recognize that there are other people in the community that are living that same loss.”

Meantime in the northern valley, planning is underway for a similar walk next weekend. This will be the 2nd year of the walk in Grand Forks. Many of the volunteers at today's meeting have lost a loved one to suicide. They are taking part to help others who have a hard time talking about the pain.

“There's always questions that arise that never get answered and people know there's never going to be an answer. You just have to rely that the lost loved one is at peace.”

The Out Of the Darkness Community Walk is next Sunday afternoon at one in the Grand Forks town square. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all age groups.