NAVAL AIR STATION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Spreading awareness about suicide was the goal of the ninth annual “Laps for Life” walk/run/team relay event held here Sept. 18.

Military members, civilians, contractors and their family members walked or ran 12 laps around the track to commemorate the fact that every 12 minutes, a life is lost to suicide.

Capt. Christopher Cox stressed awareness is the key.

“There is no short-term solution to this long-term problem,” he said, urging participants to spread the awareness.

Before the event started, participants filled out cards in memory of loved ones who may have been suicide victims and hung the cards on the fence during the event.

Every 12 minutes, a life is lost to suicide. At the ninth annual “Laps for Life” walk/run/relay event held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Sept. 18, military members, civilians, contractors and their family members walked or ran 12 laps around the track to remember this sobering statistic and to commemorate National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. (U.S. Navy photo)

The event, sponsored by the Naval Air Station chaplain, suicide prevention coordinators, Fleet and Family Support Center and Morale Welfare and Recreation, also included the reading of the poem “We Remember Them” and informational booths.