Walkers and runners help benefit the Helpline Center
Millions of people are affected by suicide every year, one group in Sioux Falls looks to make a difference. Hundreds of walkers and runners took to the pavement this morning at Falls Park.
Step forward Sioux Falls was a free event by the Helpline Center. A 1.5 mile walk and 5k fun run to help promote suicide awareness and keep numbers down.
People affected by it say the support is vital.
"It's important to let others know there's help out there. It's a process, there's a lot of emotions when you lose someone to suicide. It's important to have the help and support. that's where the Helpline Center comes in with support for families" Says Janine Harris. "It's always been a stigma that if you committed suicide, it's obviously a horrible thing. But it's important people to know there's help for them at the center and those of us who have been through it to help other people" Says Jean Healy.
More than 750 people were there Saturday morning. Proceeds benefit the Helpline Center's local suicide services and support programs.