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Local suicide prevention: One dad’s message to the community

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Posted at 10:26 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 22:49:52-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Suicide devastates families and takes lives every day, and now there is an effort throughout October to reduce the number of victims lost to this tragedy.

Eric Peterson lost his daughter, Sarah Michelle Peterson, to suicide back in 2014 after she battled with depression.

“It’s a journey you never want to go on and it’s something you can’t escape.  Your life is changed forever and anyone that’s had that kind of severe loss understands what that’s like,” said Peterson.

Coming up we have a message from her dad as you will learn how he is taking action to save lives and make a difference.

“It has its moments of intense loss but they’re also moments of hope when you see that perhaps we can make some progress,” he said.

Watch News 3 Wednesday night at 11 p.m. to see what the community is doing throughout the month of October to prevent suicide.