The 2018 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon was in Salem to promote suicide prevention and raise funds

Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2018 and Canby High School senior Addy Crouch participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk on Oct. 13 at the State Capitol in Salem.

Together with 2019 Little Miss NPRA, Baylee Paulson, they raised $340 for this cause. Suicide Prevention Awareness was Crouch's platform this past year as the 2018 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon.

Canby High senior and Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2018 Addy Crouch (right) joined 2019 Little Miss NPRA, Baylee Paulson, for a suicide awareness event in Salem recently.

She decided to use her year to promote Suicide Prevention Awareness after two fellow students ended their lives earlier this year.

She was also able to travel to Montana this summer to team up with Miss Teen Rodeo Montana, Keely Drummond, who also has a similar platform, and to learn more about the #letstalk app which helps promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness.

The Out of the Darkness Walk was a great way to end her year, she said.

"It was emotional to hear all the heartfelt stories from people who had been directly affected by suicide," said Crouch. "I am lucky that I had the opportunity to bring a little more awareness to this important topic and walk in honor of the students who lost their lives at my school."

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.

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