Survivors of Suicide Loss’ 13th annual walk in honor of Suicide Prevention Week

 

BALBOA PARK (KUSI) – Over a thousand people showed up at Balboa Park this morning to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

There was no shortage of tears as survivors of suicide loss held their 13th annual walk — a chance to get together with other families who have lost loved ones to suicide. The event officially kicked off National Suicide Prevention Week, and  to help do so was Secretary of State Alex Padilla and his wife Angela.

“People are asking, ‘what does the Secretary of State have to do with mental health or suicide prevention?'” Says Padilla. “But that’s the point. We all need to be talking about mental health conditions that are prevalent in our society…by talking about it more we’ll raise consciousness, raise awareness.”

“We’re here to support survivors of suicide loss and this annual walk that they have because we know that there’s so many people that are suffering in silence,” says Angela Padilla.

“Silence can be deadly,” says Bonnie Bear, who lost her husband to suicide.

After the walk, family members released doves into the sky in a very emotional memory of loved ones who took their own lives.

Bear started Survivors of Suicide Loss in memory of her late husband, but was never able to bring herself to participate in releasing the doves.  After 17 years, she was finally able to release one.

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