Bridging Yankton, "Pathways to Hope, Help & Healing," will be hosting the third annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Riverside Park in Yankton. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Park Amphitheater.

The 1.5-mile walk will include the Yankton Meridian Bridge and is followed by a remembrance ceremony at the amphitheater. There is no cost to participate, and walkers can register as individuals or as a team the day of the event or online at helplinecenter.org.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in South Dakota. Proceeds from the event will support local suicide prevention efforts and help Bridging Yankton partner with the Yankton School District, United Way of Greater Yankton and the Helpline Center to support TEXT4HELP, a 24/7 suicide crisis texting line for students in the Yankton School District. Since TEXT4HELP’s launch in Yankton in 2017, over 125 text conversations have taken place, with students reaching out for support for themselves or a friend. Proceeds from the event will also support the Helpline Center to provide statewide prevention services, educational programs, and support to survivors of suicide loss.

Bridging Yankton, "Pathways to Hope, Help & Healing," is a suicide prevention group formed in Yankton 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.

For more information about the event, call 605-665-6766 or email info@yanktonunitedway.org

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