Walkers trek 100 miles to Wendover with hearts hungry for suicide prevention

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TOOELE, Utah (News4Utah) – If traffic seemed a little slower on Highway 112 in Tooele Friday morning, it was for a good cause. 

The 2nd annual “Walk to Wendover,” organized by the Life’s Worth Living Foundation headed by Jon and Tracey Gossett, aimed to bring people’s attention to Utah’s growing suicide rate and ways to stop it. Parents and loved ones of Tooele County residents who took their own lives marched for the cause Friday. Saturday, A Walk-A-Thon will be held where participants can pledge money to help in suicide prevention efforts. More on that event can be found here

Bob Hathaway marched Friday in honor of his son, Zeniff, who took his own life in September. Hathaway said he tried everything to help his son through his emotional issues, but sadly, Zeniff saw no other way out. Hathaway found his son’s body shortly after he posted a YouTube video announcing his plan to commit suicide. 

“I miss him, I miss you Zen. He was a great man,” said Hathaway, choking back tears, adding this message to anyone considering suicide. “Know that you are loved. There are so many people that love you and depend on you and care about you. For those who are considering [suicide], get help.”

Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Wendover Airfield, counselors will be providing free suicide prevention training to the community as part of the Walk to Wendover events. 

Suicide remains the leading cause of death in Utah among young people ages 10-17, according to the Department of Health. 

The Utah Department of Health would like to remind Utahns that suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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