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Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk takes place Saturday in Carlton

The ninth annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Carlton High School.

Last year, about 200 walkers from around the region and state participated in the free community event. This year there will be a short walk (non-competitive — about 35 minutes), followed by refreshments and a short message of hope. The local mobile crisis team and the National Alliance on Mental Illness will share community resources.

"We are aware that Carlton County, and many other counties in northern Minnesota, have some of the highest rates of suicide in the state," Meghann Levitt, health educator for Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, said in a news release. "This event allows family and friends who have been impacted by suicide to remember those they have lost, as well as connect with others who have had a similar experience."

Participants may wear something with the name/picture of the person they are honoring, and they will have the opportunity to tie a ribbon to a banner that will be carried on the walk in memory of the person they are honoring.