September is National Suicide Awareness Month and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) continues to do their part to raise awareness. Beginning on September 10th, it's the 3rd annual "Chalk the Walk, Have the Talk" event.

Also on Saturday, September 10th, MHAST is bringing back their Wings of Hope Walk at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point. It's a 4-mile walk for addiction, mental health, and suicide awareness.

Wings Of Hope Walk At Dorchester Park

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. at the South Pavilion at Dorchester Park. There's no registration fee to participate but donations are accepted or you can donate at the walk.

During the event, walkers can make and place painted rocks at the Remembrance Garden to honor the memory of a loved one. There will also be a candle and shrine area to remember those who have passed on.

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The event ends with the releasing of monarch butterflies in honor or memory of a loved one. A $25 donation is suggested for adults, $15 for students and $10 donation for children under 12.

Proceeds from the Wings of Hope Walk will benefit the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. It's a Walk to Remember so that we don't forget those that need emotional support or help.

If you need help, you can always call the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. It's free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I say this all the time because it's true.

You were made on purpose for a purpose. You are beautifully and wonderfully made and you would be missed if you weren't here.

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