Hundreds of students to participate in suicide prevention walk

RICHLAND, Wash. - Hundreds of students will show their support in the fight to end teen suicide on Wednesday night.

Richland High counselor Chandra Markel says suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 19 in Washington State. In efforts to fight this, Richland and Hanford High are teaming up in the annual Take Strides to End Suicide event.

"It's not just a Richland High school, Hanford High school event," Markel said. "I want this to be a community event where everybody's welcome and we want all students in the Tri-Cities to feel loved and supported and know that suicide should never be an option."

Students will be invited to write who they're walking for on a sheet of paper that they can then hold during the event. There will also be different food vendors there who will donate part of their proceedings to suicide prevention.

The walk will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Fran Rish stadium. People interested in attending do not need to pre-register and it is free to attend.

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