RICHLAND, Wash.—Dozens of people showed up at Badger Mountain Sunday to help bring awareness to teen suicide in our local community.
The event was the third annual ‘The Climb." Organizers say "The Climb" represents life getting better for those who are struggling. They say about 30% of teens who visit the local Vista Youth Center have admitted to either trying to commit suicide or using self harm. One woman said the growing issue has affected her own family.
"Later I found out what he experienced in his life growing up, how he contemplated suicide and I just can't imagine life without my brother and what that would have been like for my family," Wendy London, Kennewick School Board Member.
The event was put on by the Mid-Columbia Pride, Vista Youth Center, PFLAG and Youth Suicide Prevention Services. All the money raised will be distributed between the organizations.
If you know of a struggling teen, you can call 1-800-273-TALK.