Saturday Suicide Prevention Walk and Resource Fair

BENICIA — The Kyle Hyland Memorial Walk for Suicide Prevention and Resource Fair is scheduled for Saturday in Benicia.

“The Kyle Hyland Foundation is hosting this event to raise awareness and spread messages of hope about suicide prevention. Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, the third leading cause of death among 10 to 19 year olds and the second leading cause of death among 20 to 34 year olds,” organizers said in a statement, citing information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

There were 54 suicide deaths in Solano County in 2021, an 8% increase from 2020. There have been 34 deaths so far this year.

Kyle Hyland committed suicide in 2014. He was 16 years old.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Benicia Teen Center, 135 Church St.

“We will march to the Ninth Street Park where we will meet at 11 a.m. for a brief ceremony including the release of doves. We will then return to the Benicia Teen Center for light refreshments. There will also be a resource fair with several community organizations in attendance to disseminate information about mental health services and suicide prevention efforts in Solano County,” organizers said.

Participants are requested to wear purple.

Donations will benefit Sources of Strength, a peer-led suicide prevention program in high schools in the Benicia School District.

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