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Nearly 2,000 show their support for suicide awareness

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Approximately 1,800 people gathered in downtown Springfield Sunday morning to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk began outside of the Mass Mutual Center.

Groups and individuals raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Neena Grover, who founded the walk in 2001 following her son's suicide, said raising awareness is key to fighting the illness.

"The message is awareness, awareness, awareness," said Grover. "It is a secretive illness. It is preventable. The only things is you need to be aware, open and talking about it. There are solutions to it."

The first walk back in 2001 raised $10,000.

Organizers hoped Sunday's event would raise $60,000 to help with suicide awareness and prevention.

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