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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 suicide prevention group in Yankton formed in 2016, whose mission is to increase suicide awareness by supporting local and statewide prevention efforts which provide hope, help and healing to individuals and families in our community.

Bridging Yankton will be hosting its second annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk this Saturday, August 4th, at the Yankton Meridian Bridge with registration starting at 8:30am near the Riverside Park Amphitheatre.

WHAT IS THE STEP FORWARD TO PREVENT SUICIDE WALK AND WHAT WILL IT SUPPORT? 

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 Janine Harris will be sharing her 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 provide a suicide crisis texting line – Text4Hope - for Yankton High School students.  Our hope, this year, is to raise enough funds to support launching the Text4Hope texting line at the Yankton Middle School as well next fall. Text4Hope gives students the ability to reach out for support for themselves or a friend by simply texting. Thank you to our local sponsors for their incredible support of this event and the Text4Hope, teen crisis texting program. 

Create a team of walkers! This event is free to all participants. Register a team at www.support.helplinecenter.org Your team will also have the option to help raise funds to support Text4Hope. 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 Saturday, August 4th, please visit www.helplinecenter.org/events/step-forward-to-prevent-suicide or call United Way of Greater Yankton at 605-665-6766.

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