RICHMOND, VA—Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States, and many who take their own lives are teenagers.
In an effort to help end the epidemic and hopefully save lives, many came together and held a walk intended to bring the issue to light.
The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) held a walkathon Wednesday, May 1, the first day of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month.
More than 100 people attended the walk, where VHBG mental health experts were availed to help teach people the early warning signs of mental illness.
Miss American Junior Teen Davina Seoparsan, a J.R. Tucker High School student, was the keynote speaker at the event. Seoparsan shared how a friend's attempted suicide led to her decision to select depression as her platform and she wanted to help other teens in need.
Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives each year.
Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond