Advocates in the area are trying to rescue thousands of people from a deadly self destructive darkness. They stepped out in the Genesee Valley park Sunday for the 12th annual Out of the Darkness community walk against suicide.

Advocates in the area are trying to rescue thousands of people from a deadly self destructive darkness.

They stepped out in the Genesee Valley park Sunday for the 12th annual Out of the Darkness community walk against suicide.

The walk works to raise awareness and money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

It also offers a chance for people who've lost loved ones, or who are dealing with mental issues themselves, to pull together.

"For a top 10 cause of death, it really isn't getting the conversation and attention that it needs," said Missy Stolfi of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "We have more people impacted who died by suicide each year than war, homicide and natural disasters combined. We see those things on the news all the time but we're not seeing people talk enough about suicide and especially from a preventative standpoint and an educational standpoint."

The foundation for suicide prevention estimates more than 800 Americans kill themselves every week and that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the country.