NORTH ATTLEBORO - A local college student is organizing a walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.

Alyssa Caruso, 20, is organizing the Walk for Hope along with her family to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The three-mile walk, which will start from the Martin School on Landry Avenue and end at Veterans Park in front of town hall, will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8.

"I decided to create a Walk for Hope because I want to raise awareness about suicide and depression," Caruso said. "Suicide and depression are two issues I feel very connected to because they have been present in my family, as well as the families of my friends.

"My goal for the Walk for Hope is to help people see that they are not alone and that there is hope."

About 150 walkers are expected to participate in the event.

The walk will raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

According to the foundation, more than 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year - and a suicide attempt is made once every minute.

Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death, the foundation says. Caruso's goal is to raise at least $3,000 for the foundation. Anyone interested in participating can e-mail or visit the Walk for Hope page on Facebook. Registration for the walk is $20 and the deadline for registering is Aug. 1.

Anyone interested in making a donation can mail a check made out to Walk for Hope, and mail it to Walk for Hope, P.O. Box 7313, Cumberland, R.I. 02864.

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