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Spurrier joins USC students walking for suicide prevention

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USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier participates in suicide prevention event USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier participates in suicide prevention event
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Walking out of the pain and into the light. The journey can be a tough one when battling thoughts of suicide.

Students at the University of South Carolina walked Sunday for suicide prevention in the Out of the Darkness Walk.

"USC is a big school," said Anne Evangelista. "So some students may not find their niche at first and then they don't have anyone to talk to. They don't have anyone to go have fun with so they get a little lost."

The transition from high school to college can be scary, and, for some, can lead to depression.
That's why USC partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness and spread the message of hope.

"Decades ago we didn't talk about cancer," said Corrine Mercogliano. "If they were diagnosed, they didn't tell anyone and now we have huge breast cancer walks across the country. We have all kinds of fundraisers, non-profits. It's come a long way and hopefully we can say the same about mental illness soon."

Numbers show every 18 minutes someone in the U.S. commits suicide and every 19 minutes someone is left to make sense of it.

Student Harvey Jessup vividly remembers the day a friend took his own life.

"To have it happen to someone who was so full of life, you know kind of made it his personal mission to bring joy everyone he met, was a really huge blow," said Jessup.

USC head football coach Steve Spurrier has seen how suicide can ravage a community, a team, and families.

"We need to get treatment and help and it's available for everyone just about everyone," said Spurrier. "There is a line to call to get help so if you have a friend that needs help let's try and get them that."

The walk raised close to $5,000 dollars for suicide prevention resources and treatment.

If you or someone you know you is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK.

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