Third annual Walk of Hope inspires grieving families

NOW: Third annual Walk of Hope inspires grieving families

Cassopolis, Ind. -- The third annual Walk of Hope, hosted by the League for Encouraging Empowerment, was held in Cassopolis on Sunday at United Presbyterian Church. 

More than 50 people came out to walk, with the intention of spreading awareness to the resources available for those dealing with mental health struggles.

The walk began on a smaller scale in 2021 but has quickly grown into an event that has people lining the streets of the downtown area to support the group.

The walk itself lasted around 10 minutes and was led by two marching drummers and a police escort, with the event ending at the Stone Lake Beach Bandstand.

At the bandstand, speakers were given the chance to share their own experiences with suicide, whether it was the story of a father whose son is no longer living, or someone who has survived multiple suicide attempts themselves. 

Cynthia Lee, who lost her son around two years ago, acknowledges that while the pain never goes away, it's good to see that the community can gather to support on such a large scale.

"It's comforting to know that there are people who care. Suicide is a real thing and people suffer everyday with these thoughts and a lot of them do it in silence." said Lee. "It's comforting to know that the community will come together and support those people or those who have lost loved ones."

Beyond the sharing of stories and experiences, counselors were on-hand to help anyone in need of immediate assistance. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, you're encouraged to reach out to the Suicide Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8 by call or text. 

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