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Finding help this Suicide Prevention Month

In October there will be an Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Photo: Deann Adams).

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- It's really a taboo topic -- talking about a loved one who died by suicide, or finding the words to reach out to someone who you think is struggling.

But the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is encouraging you to walk out of the darkness.

Crystal Graham lights up with she talked about her twin sister Christina.

"She was beautiful, she had so many friends. She was always the person when she walked into a room she lit it up," Graham said.

But behind the smile, Christina struggled with a dark side.


“She was never diagnosed with depression but certainly exhibited signs of depression. She did talk openly about dying by suicide,” Graham said.

That is how Christina died.

“We had never known anyone who had died by suicide,” Graham said.

Now as the area director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Graham is doing everything she can to prove that talk saves lives.

An important tool in her own recovery after Christina’s death has been the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

“It shows we'll come out of the darkness into the light of day and talk about this and show this overwhelming support from the community for people who struggle and people who have had a loss.”

If you're concerned about someone, Graham wants you to trust your gut and reach out before it’s too late.


“I think there is a part of Christina on the day that she died that wanted to live and there was a part of her who wanted to die.

There are several Out of the Darkness walks in our area -- in Lynchburg, Salem in October and in Danville in November.


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