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Lufkin community remembers loved ones during suicide prevention walk

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Monday morning friends and family members wrote notes to loved ones they've lost due to suicide.

Megan Whitworth is using the death of her best friend Nathan to create something positive for those struggling with a loss or suicidal thoughts.

"It's a dream of mine to host a walk for suicide prevention to make a difference," said Whitworth.

This is the first "Walk for Suicide Prevention", participants walked a mile and a half in Kiwanis park in Lufkin.

Participant Miranda Stepherson says she came to the walk today because she's struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide.

"Its hard to get out of bed in the morning and sometimes you don't want to move you are so depressed," said Stepherson.

Stepherson says she had a friend lose a relative to suicide and seeing the effect his death had on the family helped her to work through her depression.

"I saw how it affected her and that helped me because even though I've been through suicide problems in my life its worth living," said Stepherson.

But for Stepherson its not something that happened over night.

"Its something I work through every day," said Stepherson.

And Whitworth believes that's ok as long as an effort is being made.

"Its ok to struggle because you can overcome," said Whitworth.

Stepherson believes Monday's walk will remind people about suicide prevention and encourage others to support the cause.

 "Its not selfish its something people need to be supportive of," said Stepherson.

And with every step they take they hope to heal wounds and renew hope.

Proceeds raised from today's walk will go to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

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