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Hundreds Rally for Suicide Awareness in New Bedford

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Suicide is often a quiet matter, kept private by the immediate family, and sometimes perceived as an embarrasment. But New Bedford is looking to change those views as more than 200 people took to the streets Saturday morning, spreading the message of “we need to talk”.

The “A Day In My Shoes” awareness event held by the Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition led participants on an 8.3 mile journey from the North End to Fort Taber.

Edwin Cartigina has faced his own struggles with a recent suicide attempt. Looking at Saturday’s turnout, Cartigina tells WBSM News it’s obvious the community is very concerned.

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The Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition is a newly formed organization made up of city leaders and those whose lives have been impacted by suicides. The Coalition is working to educate the public on how to address somebody who may be showing suicidal warning signs before any harm is done.

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