SALISBURY, Md. - Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children, teens and young adults nationwide.
On Tuesday, folks across the Eastern Shore raised awareness that suicide is preventable.
Later this month, the Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation is preparing for their annual "Out of Darkness Walk" and they advise parents that getting past the stigma of depression to seek help is more difficult in rural areas than in urban areas.
"People who live in rural areas are fiercely independent," said Ron Pilling. "They're less likely to seek out help for depression, for bi-polar disorder, for substance abuse, for the things that lead someone to be in such pain that they can find no other way out except suicide."
Last year, the organization raised $18,000 for research, outreach and support. The fundraising goal this year $25,000.
This year's walk is
September 28th at 10:00 AM, Boardwalk and Caroline Street in Ocean City, Md.