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‘End the Silence’ Walk to combat depression

September 6, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Organizations providing free educational materials on depression and other related topics will be at "End The Silence" Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Walk, which was established to raise depression awareness to decrease the number of suicides in the community, is being held at the end of National Suicide Prevention Week at the Ludington Park Pavilion in Escanaba.

Agencies and community organizations that are confirmed to have tables at the Walk include: the Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Survivors of Suicide Support Groups - Escanaba, Dial Help, Pathways, Escanaba Veteran Center Mobile Unit, Lutheran Social Services - "Voices for Youth," Sault Tribe Youth Education and Activities, Gladstone Bellin Health, Hannahville Behavior Health, Pathways, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), RICC (Regional Interagency Consumer Committee) - "Shred the Hate" Campaign (an Initiative of the Developmental Disabilities Council), and STAY (Project Sioux Tribe Alive Youth). Also, the Upper Peninsula Lifesaver quilts will be on display.

"End the Silence" Walk is being held in remembrance of Bobby and Josh Bintner, two brothers from Delta County, who completed suicide 13 years apart. Both brothers battled secretly with depression and felt that they had no other option, but to end their lives. This is the fourth year this event is being held. Funds raised will be used by the Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force for prevention activities in the community.

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‘End the Silence’ Walk event organizers, from left, Nicole (Bintner) Potokar, Cindy Bintner, and Bruce Bintner get started on the 2011 End the Silence Walk. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 15.

The Walk will begin with registration at 9 a.m., with the opening ceremony following at 10 a.m. The non-competitive run/walk, which will occur rain or shine, will start at 11 a.m. with 2, 5, 10 mile route options.

Registration fees are: $25 per person, $10 per child up to 16 years old or $50 per family of 4 ($10 for each additional person). Group rates are available. Registration fees are waived with pledges of $50 or more; collection of pledges optional. Registration is available online at www.endthesilencewalk.

com or by mailing in the registration form, which is located on the website.

There will be a brat sale, silent auction, small raffle and bake sale. Anyone interested in donating baked goods to the Walk, is asked to contact Cindy Bintner at 789-0003.



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