CHICAGO – The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held its annual lakefront walk on Saturday.

Four thousand people took part in the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk and a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Similar walks were held in cities across the country to raise funds and create a platform to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

Hikers shared stories and memories of loved ones.

Since the event began in 2004 in cities across America, it has raised $ 9 million for research and outreach.

the Foundation for Suicide Prevention said 47,000 lives are lost every year. But there is also progress as more and more people are ready to start the conversation.

If you or someone you know is having trouble, help is available. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. You can also send the word “home” to 272-441. Support is free and confidential.

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