September is National Suicide Awareness Month and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is doing its part to raise awareness. There are the Men Who CARE with the Men Who Cook chefs and going on now until September 18th, it's their first "Chalk the Walk & Have the Talk" event.

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MHAST is also having their sixth annual Wings of Hope Walk this Saturday, September 19th. It's a 4-mile walk for mental health, suicide, and addiction awareness. It's at the Butterfly Remembrance Garden along the Dorchester Park Walking Trail in Whitney Point.

It's 2020 so it'll be different this year with safety protocols in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event will be held on a 'drop-in' basis at the park from 9 to 11 a.m. It's a relaxed start and you walk at your own pace.

There is no registration fee to participate but donations will be accepted here or at the walk. The highlight of the event will be the release of monarch butterflies in honor or memory of a loved one.

A $15 suggested donation for each butterfly will be accepted at the park on the day of the walk. Proceeds from the Wings of Hope Walk will benefit the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

It's a Walk to Remember and they won't give up. They hope you won't either. If you or someone you know needs emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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