Eau Claire (WQOW) – Local organizations banded together Saturday morning to remember those who died by suicide, and raise awareness to prevent it.
The annual Sharing Hope walk was put on by Prevent Suicide Chippewa Valley and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Hundreds walked in honor of loved ones who had passed away from suicide. Participants also took time to write messages of hope and acceptance along the route.
Shoes were placed on the sidewalk signifying those who had died by suicide in the area within the last five years.
Organizers said the amount of support within the community for those affected gives them hope.
“This is amazing, all of the hard work that has gone into this walk,” said Sirissa Kromenaker, a social worker with Prevent Suicide Chippewa Valley. “And to show up today and see the number of people here was overwhelming, and I am so happy to call Chippewa Valley home.”
For those affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts, Kromenaker said to reach out to a medical or mental health professional.
September is National Suicide Prevention month.