A number of area residents will be walking nearly the entire length of New Bedford this weekend, in an effort to raise awareness of a very serious issue.

Members of the Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition will walk from the North End of the city to Fort Taber on Saturday, the first public event held by the coalition.

Organizer Reverend David Lima tells WBSM any factors can contribute to suicides, and people deal with those circumstances in different ways.

Lima says there are usually warning signs, and the coalition looks to educate the public.

The walk is nearly eight miles, and there are five rest areas at churches along the way where participants can begin or end their walk as they see fit. The walk begins with a gathering at Child and Family Services, the former Accubilliards, on Acushnet Avenue in the North End.