Team of Mercy works to break the stigma around suicide

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Team of Mercy hosted their 8th annual Surviving the Color 5K as they fundraised to have funds to offer assistance to survivors of suicide or families who may have lost someone by suicide.

Over 1,000 people showed up for the 5K race at Deming Park. The organizations leaders say their goal is to break the stigma around suicide. They say it’s important to give first responders veterans and everyone else a voice to speak.

“It touches me personally because I am an Air Force veteran active duty and I didn’t know those numbers but that’s just phenomenally terrible numbers,” said Team of Mercy board member Sam Yagow. “22 (deaths) a day like that. It just breaks your heart and makes you want to be a family.”

The organization also says they want to reach all those who may know someone or themselves who are dealing with suicidal thoughts.

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