Shine The Light Vigil held for suicide prevention week

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - On the second day of Suicide Prevention Week, people of Dothan gathered to raise awareness in a special way.

The American Foundation for Suicide held Dothan's first "Shine the Light Vigil" Tuesday.

About 50 people from all over the Circle City came out to support the cause.

9 women shared their testimonies of either attempting to take their life or losing someone to suicide.

The event closed by sitting in silence, and in darkness to honor and remember those lives lost to suicide.

Joshua Bane, Co-Chair of the Dothan Out of Darkness Walk said, "I think it is important to have a community around people to support those who are struggling or have lost someone.. because it is a dark moment and also one of those things where people keep it inside, so when they are able to have support around them to be able to share their stories.. and help that process of healing.. so it is definitely important to have more events like this and just letting people know that there are people out there that care."

There will be an awareness walk -- Out of the Darkness Walk -- at Northview High School on Saturday, September 29.

If you would like to participate, register at www.afsp.ord/Dothan.

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