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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - After her son's suicide, a Florissant mom finds healing by helping other survivors of suicide.

Pat Harkins said her son, Alex, struggled with depression for years.

In 2009, he committed suicide. Harkins said, "After we found out he was gone, I didn't know how I was going to live the rest of my life without him."

Alex died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 21 years old.

Half a decade later, after counseling and support groups, Harkins is now helping others. She works as a facilitator for Provident's Survivors of Suicide support group. Harkins said, "With time, with lots of hard work, you can come out and you can live your life - and actually be happy again."

Those affected by suicide can start the path to wellness at Provident's Rooster Run. It's Saturday, July 19 in Forest Park.

The organization hopes to "wake up" St. Louis to crisis intervention.

Online registration is now closed, but day of registration is still available.
Provident is running a special promo exclusively for KSDK viewers: save $10 on the 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run registration, just mention "Code 5" at the registration booth.
Head to the Rooster Run website www.roosterrun.org for more information.

Proceeds benefit Provident's counseling, suicide prevention and community outreach. Code not valid on age 5 and under category.

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