UP Wide Preventing Suicide

A walk, run, and bike event to promote suicide prevention across the Upper Peninsula

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Our CTC coalitions are collaborating to host this ambitious and impactful event to prevent suicide. A semicolon-shaped "torch" will be carried through each county by walkers, runners, and bicyclists, with designated hand-off areas where the torch will be passed to the next county. 


We have three main goals for this event:

  • Increased awareness of suicide risk factors and resources for help
  • Raising funds for future prevention initiatives
  • More people joining their local coalition to continue the work of prevention 

Why is Suicide Prevention Important?

Suicide rates have been steadily rising since 1999:

  • Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death for people age 10 - 34 in the US* 
  • In the State of Michigan, five of the top 10 counties for death by suicide are in the UP*
  • 23.5% to 68.5% of local youth report feeling depressed or sad most days**


* Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  


** Per CTC Youth Surveys taken by 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the UP

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How You Can Help

Contact your CTC for more information about these ways you can help:

  • Share our event on Facebook
  • Sponsor a walker, runner, or biker 
  • Donate to the event (see donate button below)
  • Become an event sponsor (businesses and organizations)
  • Volunteer to help out at one of the torch hand-off sites
  • Volunteer to walk, run, or ride in the event

Donate to the Event

Please enter "SPW" in the notes section during checkout.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card
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Special Thank You!

Thank you Christian Motorcyclists Association for helping cover our route across the Upper Peninsula! This is our first year holding the event, and we only had a few short months to plan it. Many chapters of this organization stepped up to make sure we could carry our torch throughout the entire region. 


Big shout out and thanks for all you've done!!

Platinum Level Sponsor

MPCB Suicide Prevention Subcommittee

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Silver Level Sponsor & Event Planning Assistance

James Studinger

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Silver Level Sponsors

St. Joseph's

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Sault Tribal Court

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Sault Tribe Housing Authority

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Soo Co-Op Credit Union

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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Supporters & Participants

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