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Painted rocks bring Suicide Awareness

Posted September 14, 2017 1:32 p.m. EDT

— This week has been suicide awareness week, different organizations have been coming together to bring awareness of this illness.

Yakima Valley Rocks is an organization that started in 2016, after one of the founders found a rock on a bench with the word "HOPE."

According to a recent study done by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide.

Members of the Yakima Valley Rocks are constantly making and hiding rocks around the valley to bring awareness of different illnesses.

Tammy Shelton is the founder of Yakima Valley Rocks and said that the rocks she makes are meant to bring happiness to people.

"There's a lot of people that have depression, anxiety and these rocks have positive messages on them on the back they have crisis information," said Shelton.

If you're interested in making rocks you can visit their Facebook page Yakima Valley Rocks.