Former Marine holding veteran suicide awareness hike in downtown Birmingham

    Photo courtesy of Matt Bein: The "22k for 22perday" hike will start at 7 a.m. this Saturday and is intended to spread awareness about veteran suicide.

    Life after the battlefield can be difficult for veterans.

    That's why one man is hosting a hike for veteran suicide awareness on Saturday in downtown Birmingham.

    Matt Bein is an 8-year Marine serviceman and said he lost a close friend after they both left the service, is the reason why he wants more people to know about this issue.

    This entire month is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Because of that Bein's mission through this 22k for 22perday hike, is to bring people together who have battled against depression.

    He explained one of his closest friends lost his military sense of family and understands no longer having that bond can be detrimental for people struggling to fit back into society. Bein said, "I had a real good personal friend of mine that took his own life and he ended up, his reason he left, was because he felt all alone. You know it inspired me to reach and contact other people, you know, that needed help."

    Bein added veterans need to stick up for each other because this can happen to anyone.

    He's expecting around 120 people to take part in the hike, which gets underway at 7 a.m. and is free to the public.

    If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts and behaviors, talk to someone. Call the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center: 1-800-273-8255 .

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