Sep 14, 2014 1:31 PM by Charlene Cheng
Hundreds gathered at the Sundial Bridge in Redding on Saturday for the inaugural Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
The event aims to create awareness for suicide prevention, and raised almost $10,500 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In Shasta County, an average of 41 residents die by suicide every year.
Across the country, that number jumps to more than 38,000.
One of this year's participants, Michael Aliff, is remembering his stepbrother Josh.
"I've always admired his spontaneousness, his crazy attitude. He always had a smile on his face, showing that happiness is right around the corner, never-ending," he said.
"It really felt like the community came together in support of anyone who might be dealing with a mental illness, or might have considered suicide, or lost something to suicide, and there was a really safe, comfortable feeling to the group today," added Event Chair Marcia Ramstrom.
This was the final activity in a series of events in Shasta County bringing light to National Suicide Prevention Week.
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