Summing up her feelings in a Tweet, actress Mia Farrow said she's devastated to have lost her 27-year-old paraplegic son.

Police said Thaddeus Farrow took his own life earlier this week.

September is suicide awareness month and across Connecticut, there are local efforts planned to keep others and their families from facing the same sorrow.

"He was a very warm and wonderful friend," said Tom Steen, who list his son, Tyler Steen.

He said Tyler Steen grew up in Simsbury and lived with his parents and two brothers.

"The boys were always close," Tom Steen said.

Tom Steen said his 21-year-old son was a physically-fit college junior. Mentally, however, he was in the throws of his darkest days.

"We didn't know it and he didn't ask for help," he said.

Seven years ago, Tom Steen said while his son was at school in Georgia, he took his own life.

The family has been trying to heal ever since.

"He's here because he's here [in my heart] and I think if you knew Tyler, you'd be saying the same thing," Tom Steen said. "He's with us."

Tom Steen is very open about his son.

Statistics from a 2015 CT School Health Survey said plenty about suicide in the country. 19 percent of students purposefully hurt themselves over the previous 12 minutes without wanting to die. 27 percent felt sad or hopeless for two weeks or more over the past year. 13 percent contemplated attempted suicide during the same time frame.For more information, check out this PowerPoint presentation.

Tom Steen said he's a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It organized last year's Walk Out of the Darkness.

The same event is scheduled for Saturday at Bristol's Rockwell Park.

The Walk Out of the Darkness raises money for research and awareness efforts to vanquish suicide.

"The goal is to kind of come out on the other side with healing and support," Tom Steen said. "And that is what this walk is all about."

Registration for the Walk Out of the Darkness starts at 10 a.m.

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