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Step Forward Yankton

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in South Dakota.  It is estimated that 85% of people in the United States alone will know someone who has died by suicide, and that one out of every five of those losses will be a close friend or relative.

Bridging Yankton, Pathways to Hope, Help & Healing is a newly formed suicide prevention group in Yankton with goals to raise awareness of suicide; remember those that have been lost to suicide; support local prevention efforts; and to support the Helpline Center’s statewide services for suicide prevention and crisis support.

Bridging Yankton, Pathways to Hope, Help & Healing will be hosting a Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk this Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the Yankton Meridian Bridge with registration starting at 8:30am near the Riverside Park Amphitheatre.


Step Forward to Prevent Suicide is a 1.5 mile walk and remembrance ceremony. When you support this event, you join efforts with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the Helpline Center to provide statewide prevention services, educational programs, and support survivors of suicide loss. Bridging Yankton will be welcoming MC’s Doug Pesicka and Marc Bies from Yankton High School, Kings of Oblivion as musical guests, and featured speaker Jerry Cook will be sharing his story of loss, hope and healing.

Proceeds will also support local suicide prevention efforts and help Bridging Yankton partner with the Yankton School District, United Way of Greater Yankton and Helpline Center to launch a suicide crisis texting line for students at Yankton High School.  This will give students the ability to reach out for support for themselves or a friend by simply texting. The crisis texting program has been introduced at other high schools in the state and has been a tremendous resource for teens to talk when they need help. Thank you to our local sponsors for their incredible support of this event and the teen crisis texting program. 


Create a team of walkers! This event is free to all participants so consider joining us at Riverside Park this Saturday, August 5th.  Free will donations will be accepted at the event as well as event t-shirts for purchase.

Spread the word! Help us share this event with the greater Yankton community. Invite your friends and family to participate. Again, all are welcome to join us in providing pathways to hope, help and healing.

For further information about the upcoming Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk on August 5th, please visit or call United Way of Greater Yankton at 605-665-6766.


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