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Yellowstone Valley suicide-prevention walk beats financial goal

Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 01:18:29-04

BILLINGS — Support, education, and suicide prevention turned out strong on Billings streets this weekend.

The community took thousands of steps forward, breaking financial and participant numbers in its annual fundraiser.

The Out of the Darkness Yellowstone Valley Walk to Fight Suicide not only surpassed its financial goal Sunday of $110,000, it appears to have raised $35,000 above that goal.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Volunteer Joan Nye said the fundraising estimate had reached $140,000 as of Monday morning, but a silent auction at Sunday’s event added another $6,000 on top of those funds.

This year’s event also brought out more than double the walkers this year, Nye said, estimating around 1,700.

The Walk to Fight Suicide supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Money raised goes toward research and suicide prevention trainings and education across Montana communities.

The Montana chapter will still be collecting donations through December. You can donate, volunteer, and learn more about suicide prevention and free education here.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.