Survivors of Suicide Annual Walk for Hope

MIDLAND – Survivors of Suicide is hosting its annual “Walk for Hope” on Aug. 6 on the campus of Northwood University in Midland.

The purpose of the 5K walk/run, where more than 1200 people are expected to participate, is to raise awareness and funding for mental health and suicide prevention, intervention and aftercare, according to Barb Smith, Director of Survivors of Suicide.

All profits raised will be used in the Great Lakes Bay Region to host local and statewide programs, events, and trainings—all dedicated to better understand and prevent the effects of mental illness. Live entertainment, resource tables, art activities and snacks will be provided and there is a youth area for participants, all of which is an upbeat and positive look at how to reduce suicides and treat mental illnesses.

The event will be held rain or shine, and the walk will be done inside in the case of rain. The event is family friendly, the walk is untimed, and non-walk participants are encouraged to come and join in the festivities. The event offers great prizes for participants.

Register online at to register a team, join a team, or donate to those suffering from mental illness. You can walk in honor of someone you lost to suicide, support those who struggle with mental illness, or just join us to help support this important disease.

For additional information, visit, find us on Facebook at walkforhope12, call Smith at 989-781-5260, or email

Walk for Hope is a Survivors of Suicide project with support from Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Authority, Community Mental Health of Central Michigan, Covenant Health Care and many caring Great Lakes Bay community members. – G.G.

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