Candlelight vigil held to raise awareness of suicide, depression

The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board held its ninth annual candlelight vigil for the victims of suicide Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Union Township Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The vigil is held each year to remember those that took their own lives in the last year, but it is also a means of raising awareness of the growing problem of depression.

“Suicide takes a person’s life against their own natural will to live,” keynote speaker Gary Peterson said. “Unfortunately it is looked at as a taboo.”