Central Georgians walk together as part of Suicide Awareness Month

Lacing up for the Suicide Prevention Walk

September is Suicide Awareness Month and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Georgia says every seven hours, someone in Georgia commits suicide.

On Saturday, nearly 200 people walked to bring attention to the problem at the American Foundation for Suicide and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Georgia's Suicide Prevention Walk.

Walkers began their trek at 9 a.m. at Fountain Park in Warner Robins.

It's a cause close to many hearts like Arlene Wingo, who lost her son to suicide when he was just 18.

“He said ‘mom I talked to the lord and I don’t have another day.’ There had been so many suicides in our community in Fort Valley and Crawford County,” said Wingo.

Her family walked wearing shirts that said Team Wingo and her son's name in the front. 

After the walk, Wingo and other families released butterflies in honor of the lives lost to suicide.

Although the walk is free, the organizations raised $7,500 from donations.

The proceeds go toward research, education, awareness and prevention of suicide. 


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