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Shining a light on suicide prevention in Willmar

Community members joined together to shed light on suicide prevention through the annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar.

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Anna Spencer puts on honor beads Saturday morning before the Out of the Darkness Walk at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar. Community members participated in a socially distanced walk or drive to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The 10th annual Out of the Darkness Walk was held Saturday at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Community members, along with thousands of people across the country, participated in a socially distanced walk or drive to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Funds raised by the community helps to invest in new research, educational programs, and advocacy for public policy as well as supports survivors of suicide loss.

The walk is typically held at Robbins Island Regional Park, but was held at the high school due to construction projects at the park. COVID-19 precautions were taken such as social distancing, staggered registration times, sanitizing and more.

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Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at edischino@wctrib.com or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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