Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Georgia residents age 10 to 34, yet suicide can be prevented.
The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held November 6 at 2 p.m. at Piedmont Park. Volunteers from Georgia are joining the thousands of people who are gathering in towns across the United States to promote suicide prevention.
This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education, research and survivor support programs. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks give those who attend a chance to connect with others and know they are not alone, whether they walk in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health journey.
“Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by connecting with one another, we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Sally Dorn, Out of the Darkness Walk Co-Chair & Board of Directors Member for Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The AtlantaOut of the Darkness CommunityWalk is one of hundreds of events being held nationwide this year. The Atlanta Out of theDarkness Community Walk will includespecial appearances, speakers and talent for a truly memorable experience for all participants.
“This year we want people to join us in walking to create a world without suicide,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “By walking you are helping us make progress through research, advocacy, education and support to those affected by suicide. And you are improving our understanding of mental health, and how to be there for each other when someone is struggling. I’m in awe of our courageous volunteers who are lifting their voices to inform local and national leaders of the support needed to reduce suicide and save lives.”
Local sponsors for the Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk include Kaiser Permanente, Greif, Norfolk Southern, Northside Hospital, Atlanta Pride and Dermatology Consultants. To donate or join this event, visit here.
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