Illuminated suicide walk raises awareness in Flint

In Downtown Flint Saturday night, breaking down the stigma of suicide by raising awareness and having some fun. (Photo: WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. -- In Downtown Flint Saturday night, breaking down the stigma of suicide by raising awareness and having some fun!

A suicide awareness stroll was sponsored by a group called NAMI, that stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness.

It included a push up challenge by members of the State Police and Flint Police officers.

Among the participants, a former Detroit Lions quarterback, whose son took his own life.

"My world caved in because I felt – first of all, a lot of guilt that how come he was going through some of the same stuff I was going through but I didn't recognize it. Then I felt a sense of grief of losing a son or daughter is just really, really hard to get over. That threw me into a really big downward spiral, but at some certain point in time I decided to change things,” said Eric Hipple.

Those with loved ones touched by suicide also took part in a half mile stroll that included interactive stops along the way.

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