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Saddle Brook Awareness Walk Bringing Suicide From Shadows

Nick Arnoldi, center, formerly of Mahwah, with his family three years before he died.
Nick Arnoldi, center, formerly of Mahwah, with his family three years before he died. Photo Credit: Elaine Arnoldi

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting an Out of the Darkness Walk at the Saddle River County Park in Saddle Brook on Oct. 25.

Mahwah resident Elaine Arnoldi is participating with her team in memory of her son, Nick Arnoldi, who took his own life at 28 years old in August 2012 after years of battling mental illness.

Arnoldi is launching a community support group for parents of suicide victims beginning Tues., Oct. 13. The 7 p.m. meetings will run on the first Tuesday of every month at Wyckoff’s Christian Healthcare Center.

“The stigma associated with suicide is incredible,” said Arnoldi, who said she felt the need for a support group after being avoided by many community members following her son's death.

“People think it’s the easy way out — like it’s a cowardly thing to do when it’s totally the opposite,” she said. “People just don’t know how to react to that.”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent study.

Unintentional injury is cited as the leading cause of death in those age groups.

“Depression isn’t something you can just snap out of or get over,” Arnoldi said. “[Nick] felt so hopeless and he didn’t see any other way out. That was one of the hardest things for me.”

Email Lorraine Mackin ( lmackin@afsp.org ) about the support group.

CLICK HERE to join the walk.

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