Here is a sobering statistic..in the United States a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year.
This Saturday at Pioneer Park the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or AFSP, will be conducting a walk to bring awareness about depression and suicide.
Participants are encouraged to sign up by 1:30, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 2:15 and a 2.5 mile walk at 2:30.
Funds raised will go toward vital research, educational programs, and assist survivors of suicide loss.
Betty Page is part of a local group that helps with suicide awareness and couseling "We have a support group that meets at Fairbanks Counseling and adoption the first and third Thursday of every month.
It's a group that meets to give support to teach other whether you've been through a survivor suicide just recently or years back.
Anybody who needs they feel to talk about it and receive that support from people who have been there, that's what our meetings are about."