Hundreds show up to support Suicide Awareness in New Bedford
Mindy Fagundes of New Bedford walks with family and friends in memory of her sister, 20-year-old Stephanie Kimball. Photo Courtesy Mindy Fagundes
By Alana Cerrone
Over 400 friends, family, and supporters gathered in New Bedford Saturday morning for the ‘A Day in My Shoes Suicide Awareness Walk'.
The mission? To build a network that helps save lives. The Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition put on the walk to raise awareness about suicides in the community, particularly youth suicides. It also hopes to make a dent in the high number of suicides through increased gateway trainings and intense clinical trainings.
Organizers say it was a tremendous turnout for their first-ever walk and they are extremely gratified for how many people came out to show their support. Considering the great turnout, they plan to make this an annual event.
The walk kicked off at 9:00 am at the Child and Family Services building on Acushnet Avenue, and ended at Fort Taber with music, great food, and informational tables.